Premier League - Paper Round: Wenger foresees possible Ferguson return

Arsene Wenger thinks Alex Ferguson could return to management; Cesc Fabregas was never interested in a move to Manchester United; and Fernandinho has backed Yaya Toure over the racist abuse he suffered in Moscow - here are the main stories making headlines in today's newspapers.

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Ferguson could return to management: The Daily Telegraph is one of several papers to report Arsene Wenger's quotes about a possible return to a job in football management for Sir Alex Ferguson. The Arsenal manager said: "In six months we will know more about that. You cannot rule it completely out. It is difficult to take a drug for 30 years and suddenly get rid of it."

Paper Round's view: However amusing the thought of a desperately drug-addled and dependent Ferguson is, Wenger might have a point. Football management has been Ferguson's life for so long, it would come as no surprise to hear down the line that he can't live without it. That said, it's near-impossible to imagine Fergie at any club other than Manchester United and they already have a manager who's safe in his job for at least a couple of years. Isn't he?

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Fabregas was never interested in United: In the second part of the Guardian's interview with Cesc Fabregas today, the Barcelona midfielder reveals that he was never thinking about a move to Manchester United last summer. "At no time did I say that I wanted to go and I stayed out of it. I was surprised. I didn't encourage them at all," the former Arsenal man said.

Paper Round's view: No surprises here, even though Fabregas took what seemed like an age before pledging his future to Barcelona in public following United's initial interest. Was he weighing up his options during that period? We'll never really know.

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Fernandinho backs Toure's World Cup boycott idea: Yaya Toure's Manchester City team-mate Fernandinho has backed the Ivorian's stance against Russia's racists and is ready to boycott the 2018 World Cup, reports the Daily Mail. "If by 2018 nothing changes, I will support the boycott," the Brazilian said.

Paper Round's view: The idea of a boycott seems to be gathering pace, but the thought of many top players not gracing the World Cup stage is a terrible one. Fernandinho said Toure was "sad" when he returned to City's training ground, and the repercussions of the lamentable incident in Moscow are as, if not more, depressing. UEFA must act decisively.

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No end to racism, says Evra: The Daily Mirror reports that Manchester United defender Patrice Evra fears football will never win the war on racism. The Frenchman, who was racially abused by Luis Suarez, believes UEFA are fighting a losing battle. “I will be honest with you,” he said. “I don’t think we will stop the racism."

Paper Round's view: The situation becomes even more bleak with this apparent admission of defeat, although Evra's view is entirely understandable. Suarez may well have been banned by the FA for eight games, but international authorities have consistently failed to mete out the necessary sanctions to eradicate the problem.

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Barca attempt to ward off Arsenal interest in Sanabria: Barcelona are "desperately trying to renegotiate a new deal" for Antonio Sanabria, the Daily Mirror reports. The talks are aimed at warding off interest in the wonderkid from Arsenal, who know that the 17-year-old Paraguayan striker has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for £2.5m. His current deal in the Catalan capital runs out in 2015 and Barca want to extend it to 2019.

Paper Round's view: Barca have been stung before in losing top young players to Arsenal - think Jon Toral, Hector Bellerin, Cesc Fabregas and Fran Merida - so they are probably right to be wary.

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