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From the back pages, February 22: Ricky Ponting joins Surrey but rules out Ashes return

Ricky Ponting.

Ricky Ponting.

RICKY Ponting has ruled out the possibility of making an Ashes return after agreeing to join Surrey County Cricket Club this summer. Surrey announced this morning that Ponting, who retired from international cricket in December, would join them on a two-month deal from June. (Daily Mirror)

FRANCK RIBERY has ridiculed Arsenal following Tuesday’s Champions League disaster. The Bayern Munich star admits he was stunned by how easy it was for his team to storm into a 3-1 first-leg lead at the Emirates. French frontman Ribery said: “We didn’t think it would be so easy. (The Sun)

REAL MADRID have included Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas on their managerial shortlist. Current boss Jose Mourinho is set to leave the Spanish champions this summer, after a number of high-profile fall-outs with his squad. (Daily Star)

THE harsh truth is any player joining Arsenal in the last eight years has had to forget about winning silverware. But 27 players who have walked out on the Gunners since their 2005 FA Cup triumph against Manchester United, have gone on to collect a combined 76 trophies. (The Sun)

 

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