From the Back Pages, March 21: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres open to Atletico Madrid return

From the back pages
From the back pages

Fernando Torres has left the door open for a return to Atletico Madrid and admits he would like to work with former team-mate Diego Simeone again. That gives Chelsea the perfect bargaining tool in their bid to make Atletico striker Diego Costa the Blues’ big summer signing. (The Telegraph)

Benfica 2, Tottenham 2: At least Tottenham Hotspur could hold their heads up high and look their opponents in the eye when Damir Skomina blew his final whistle. Belatedly they had made the most one-sided of contests into something approaching a fight. (The Guardian)

Chelsea’s on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be eligible to play for Atletico Madrid if the Spanish team are draw against his parent club in the Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday. (Daily Mail)

Brendan Rodgers has caught Barcelona’s eye to replace Tata Martino as the club’s manager, but the Liverpool chief is not seen as a “realistic” choice by Camp Nou directors. (Mirror)

Tim Sherwood risks clash with Daniel Levy over summer spending plans as he plays down Yevhen Konoplyanka deal. (The Independent)

Phil Jones has urged his Manchester United team-mates to use their Champions League comeback against Olympiacos last night to reignite a stalling domestic campaign. (The Times)

HULL striker George Boyd has been handed a three-match ban after being found guilty of spitting at Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. (The Express)