From the Back Pages, January 11: Chelsea’s José Mourinho to resist even a ‘crazy’ bid for Eden Hazard

From the back pages
From the back pages

José Mourinho says he has helped Eden Hazard improve so much it is now inconceivable that Chelsea would sell the Belgian – even for “crazy” money. Reports in France claim Paris Saint-Germain are contemplating making a bid this month for the player Chelsea bought from Lille for £32m in June 2012. Mourinho says Hazard has become so important that his club would not let him go for any amount. (The Guardian)

Manchester United fear Robin van Persie could be on the sidelines for a further six weeks with a repeat of a thigh injury he suffered at Arsenal. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are ready to make a £24million bid to land Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. (The Mirror)

Liverpool striker Luis Suárez insists he is a changed man and is constantly working to improve his attitude on the pitch. (The Telegraph)

SAM ALLARDYCE has admitted Andy Carroll will be little more than a £15million mascot today as West Ham hope his presence on the bench prompts a turn in the club’s fortunes. (The Express)

So here comes one of the most beguiling and entirely unpredictable stories of a Premier League season which is not exactly short of them. We are about to discover whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the epitome of equanimity and an uncombative nature, can form a successful partnership with Vincent Tan, the serial interferer from Malaysia who regularly telephoned the new Cardiff City manager’s predecessor with requests that his players score more goals from distance and make better use of throw-ins. (The Independent)

Jessica Ennis-Hill could return to the scene of her greatest triumph to perform at the World Championships in London in 2017 after announcing that she will not compete this year because she is expecting a baby. (The Times)