From the Back Pages, March 1: Mats Hummels to snub Manchester United if they miss out on next season’s Champions League

From the back pages
From the back pages

MANCHESTER UNITED’S failure to secure a Champions League spot could see them miss out on Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels. (The Express)

A defender released by David Moyes while at Everton has been handed a surprise call up to the Germany squad by Joachim Low. Shkodran Mustafi, now 21, was let go on a free transfer by Moyes in 2012 after making just one substitute appearance for the Goodison Park side. (Daily Mail)

Manuel Pellegrini given two-match touchline ban for criticism of Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson after defeat to Barcelona. (The Telegraph)

Jose Mourinho today demanded Premier League bosses start helping English football’s Euro-travellers. (The Mirror)

Uefa has pledged to defend legal challenges it expects some major football clubs to make if sanctions are imposed on them for breaches of the financial fair play rules. Clubs in European competition are required to limit their financial losses to €45m in total over 2011-12 and 2012-13 and this limit will be enforced for the first time before the beginning of next season. Clubs in breach of the rules, introduced to encourage European clubs to be more financially responsible, face sanctions ranging from a fine to exclusion from European competition in the most serious cases. (The Guardian)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is less concerned about his defence than he is about winning their way to a successful end to the season. (The Independent)

Kevin Pietersen has entered a war of words with Matt Prior after his former team-mate suggested that the England dressing room would be a better place without the record run-scorer. (The Times)