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21/07/2008 08:47

Papers: Pele advises Wazza

Pele's Rooney advice
Wayne Rooney must go on the defensive to rediscover his world-class form, says Brazil legend Pele. Rooney was substituted by boss Alex Ferguson after a couple of clashes with Chiefs full-back Jimmy Tau when he appeared to lash out. And superstar Pele said: “I like Wayne Rooney but he hasn’t reached the peak of Euro 2004 again. He had two or three very good years and then lost a little bit in his performances. When he is tangling with opponents, Rooney has to learn how to defend himself, not attack the opponent. If you can protect yourself against challenges, it will be easier to keep your temper. It should be possible because referees help strikers now."
Janine Self, The Sun

The Sun reports that Cristiano Ronaldo is still not committing his future to United. "What do you want me to say? That I'm going or I'm staying. I don't know about the future. Only God knows it," they quote him as saying. Meanwhile, The Mirror claims Ramon Calderon is still beating the Ronaldo drum. "This type (of transfer) is hard," says the Real Madrid president. "But we're going to go for it all the same."

The tabloid also reports that Lord Sebastian Coe is still on the prowl to sign up Sir Alex to be Great Britain's 2012 Olympic football team coach. Says Coe: "Who else would you want to have the mentoring role with young players for a build-up to the Games?"

The Daily Mail hints that a move for Dimitar Berbatov is close. They claim Tottenham are already planning to spend money from any potential transfer of Berbatov (to United) and Robbie Keane (to Liverpool) on forwards Diego Milito and Roman Pavlyuchenko, and wingers David Bentley and Diego Capel.

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