From the Back Pages, December 21: Messi could head for Barca exit

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Lionel Messi critical of Barcelona vice president Javier Faus over contract claims. Argentine breaks silence to hit out at club director who said they had no obligation to review superstar’s contract. (The Telegraph)

Happy 33rd birthday, Ashley Cole. Just do not expect Jose Mourinho to come to your party. Because after pictures of the former Arsenal left-back attending the Gunners’ Christmas bash appeared on Friday, the Chelsea boss said that Cole might not even get an invite to the ­Emirates for the top-of-the-table meeting on Monday. (The Mirror)

Malky Mackay is expected to take charge of Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday for one of his side’s toughest Premier League assignments after flying to Liverpool with his players, but just how much longer he will remain at the helm is up in the air. (The Guardian)

With Lewandowski, Pirlo, Valdes and Diego available for NOTHING next summer, here’s our guide to Europe’s top players out of contract who could be a bargain in January. (Daily Mail)

Luis Suárez has become the highest paid player in Liverpool’s history after putting pen to paper on a new long term contract taking him up to the summer of 2018. The 4½-year deal is believed to be worth up to £170,000 per week until the end of this season, rising to £200,000 per week for the remainder of the contract. (The Times)

FORMER Manchester United and Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz has spoken of his desire to be appointed as the new manager of Tottenham. (The Independent)

Tim Sherwood said today that he wants the Tottenham Hotspur manager’s job on a permanent basis but urged the chairman Daniel Levy to set out a vision for the club that will end the short-termism and the high turnover of managers. (The Independent)