From the Back Pages, September 17: Pep Guardiola taunts Manchester United claiming none of his Bayern stars wanted Old Trafford moves

From the back pages
From the back pages

Pep Guardiola has taunted Manchester United by claiming none of his Bayern Munich players wanted to join them this summer. United made approaches for Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller, while Toni Kroos opted to join Real Madrid. (The Mirror)

Jose Mourinho expects Eden Hazard to commit his long-term future to Chelsea after revealing the Belgium playmaker is discussing a contract extension. (The Independent)

LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers believes his young side showed great strength and depth of character to secure all three points in tonight’s 2-1 over Bulgarian side Ludogorets. (The Express)

Right here was the reason the Champions League seedings have to change. Arsenal are about as close to being among the top eight teams in Europe as Borussia Dortmund’s mighty and magnificent Westfalenstadion is to a wet Wednesday at Gresty Road. (Daily Mail)

It has taken just six years for Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan’s lavish investment to turn Manchester City into European heavyweights but, as the Premier League champions prepare for Champions League action in Bavaria, impatience for football’s ultimate status symbol is growing. (The Telegraph)

Real Madrid escaped to Europe for a little therapy. It is 114 days and only six games since they won the trophy that defines them, but the pressure was building and, incredibly, the talk was of crisis. Here they found peace, for the moment at least, with a 5-1 destruction of FC Basel. An own goal started it and by half-time Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, and James Rodríguez had all scored. Karim Benzema added another late on. (The Guardian)

Formula One teams have been banned from sending coded radio messages to their drivers as the FIA clarified its rules in the build-up to Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix. (The Times)