From the Back Pages, April 21: Mario Balotelli removed from Liverpool Player of the Year vote - then returns with his name spelt ‘Ballotelli’

From the back pages
From the back pages

After fans of Manchester United and Arsenal (and probably more given the recent coverage) hijacked Liverpool’s Fans’ Player of the Year award, the club have responded by removing the Mario Balotelli from the available options. (The Independent)

PEP GUARDIOLA has ruled out joining Manchester City this summer because he wants to see out the final year of his contract with Bayern Munich. (The Express)

Atletico Madrid are demanding £50m for in-demand midfielder Koke. Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo watched the Spanish international and the 23-year-old is on their hit list this summer. (The Mirror)

England poised to replace James Tredwell with Moeen Ali as tourists feel heat ahead of second Test in West Indies. (The Telegraph)

Sir Bradley Wiggins will line up against his former Sky team-mates for the first time at the Tour de Yorkshire, after the riders were confirmed today. (The Times)

Liverpool are making a rival push for Manchester United target Memphis Depay. (Daily Mail)

Organisers fear there may be 40,000 empty seats when Clermont Auvergne and Toulon contest the European Champions Cup final at Twickenham on Saturday week. The 82,000-capacity stadium is set to be half empty for the first final since the old Heineken Cup was mothballed last year. (The Guardian)