Papers: Ratcliffe assured Man Utd and Nice can both play in Europe

The top stories and transfer rumours from Wednesday’s newspapers…


Chelsea’s ever-evolving medical department is set for another addition with the club now seeking a new head of performance medicine amid a Premier League season plagued by injuries.

French World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf has questioned Didier Deschamps for snubbing William Saliba.

Manchester United have received assurances from UEFA that they will be allowed to take part in the Europa League next season if Nice also qualify despite the European governing body’s restrictions on multi-club ownership.

Alexander Isak celebrates after giving Newcastle the lead against Wolves
Alexander Isak is one of Newcastle’s star players

Newcastle star Alexander Isak has dropped a major hint about his future at the club ahead of the summer window admitting ‘if things show up, things can happen.’

Manchester United reportedly want to speak to Wolves manager Gary O’Neil about a potential coaching role at Old Trafford.


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Sky Sports’ Peter Smith discusses Erik ten Hag’s position in charge of Man Utd and whether it is under threat with new Man Utd investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe reportedly considering hiring England boss Gareth Southgate.

Manchester United will look to bring England’s entire coaching staff to Old Trafford this summer, SunSport can reveal. Gareth Southgate is now the red-hot favourite to replace Erik ten Hag if the Dutchman is axed at the end of the season.

Nike have come under fire for the size of the cockerel emblem on the new France shirt, sparking another kit controversy after they were slammed for changing the colours of the St George’s Cross on the new England strip.


Jose Mourinho has suggested he would consider taking a job in Saudi Arabia because Cristiano Ronaldo has opened his eyes to the possibilities in the country.


Anti-racism campaigners in Spain have called on the country’s institutions to do more to crack down on racism in football, after Real Madrid winger Vinícius Júnior laid bare the personal toll exacted by years of racist insults.


Inter Milan defender Francesco Acerbi will face no action after the investigation into an alleged racist remark he made towards Napoli’s Juan Jesus conclude there was insufficient evidence to take the matter further.


Tottenham defender Cristian Romero has expressed a desire to play for Argentina at the Olympics this summer.


Harlequins are increasingly confident that Danny Care will reject a final payday in France and instead sign a contract extension to end his career at the club. The 37-year-old scrum half called time on his England career on Monday having won the last of his 101 caps during the Six Nations.

Marcus Rashford has been playing through injury for over a month. The winger has been carrying a “slight knock” since February’s FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest.


Former QPR sporting director Les Ferdinand has revealed how things turned ‘toxic’ at the London club after Michael Beale left for Rangers in 2022.

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