From the Back Pages, July 30: ‘Hands off our Ross’ - Everton
EVERTON have issued a hands-off warning to Premier League rivals after tying Ross Barkley to a new four-year contract.
The England midfielder has been handed a bumper £65,000-a-week deal after being targeted by the likes of Liverpool and both Manchester clubs. And Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists he wants to keep hold of the 20-year-old for a long, long time and build an entire team around him. Daily Star
MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN is furious with Southampton for blocking his move to Tottenham while Thomas Vermaelen looks set to swap Arsenal for Manchester United. Elsewhere, Marco Reus remains open to a move to Liverpool or United while Chelsea wanted Luka Modric. Daily Express
JOSE MOURINHO insists Didier Drogba will be an asset for Chelsea as they chase glory on four fronts. Drogba left the Blues in 2012 after scoring the winning penalty in their Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich. But following spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasary, the Ivorian has rejoined the club on a one-year deal. And Mourinho believes Drogba, who netted 157 goals in 341 appearances during eight years with Chelsea, has completed his star-studded squad. The Sun