England hotel is "awful" but FA are happy: Most papers cover the big stories to come out of Roy Hodgson's press conference yesterday - his fear of the jungle and the spat with Liverpool over Daniel Sturridge's injury - but the Daily Mail adds something new in a report on the state of England's hotel in Rio de Janeiro. And on the face of it (i.e. by looking at the photos accompanying the report) the prognosis isn't good. Why? Because the website TripAdvisor says so, that's why. A few eye-catching screen-grabs from the site, which carries user reviews, tells us that staying at the Royal Tulip Hotel on Sao Conrado Beach is an "awful experience" and was the "worst stay" of one poor reviewer's life. Fortunately, the report goes on to point out that it is under renovation and that everything should be fine by the time the England squad arrive in six months. And that's why the FA has okayed the choice.
Paper Round's view: Roy Keane may well have kicked off about the state of the Irish camp back in 2002, but it's unlikely England players will do likewise. The Three Lions are even working with pitch consultants Sports Turf Research Institute to get their training pitch up to standard. And if the hotel's good enough for the President of Iran, Beyonce’s entourage and Axl Rose, then it must be good enough for Leighton Baines.
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United to focus on new arrivals in lieu of Rooney contract: Manchester United will target new signings such as Leighton Baines, Ander Herrera and Ilkay Gundogan in in January and wait to open new contract talks with Wayne Rooney, reports the Daily Telegraph. The club will continue to resist any offers for the England striker in the New Year but have no plans to open contract talks with him before the end of 2013. The paper reports: "United are confident that they will continue to have the finances and credentials to keep Rooney beyond the remainder of his contract".
Paper Round's view: It's a dangerous game to be playing, especially considering the current form of Rooney, who enters the final 18 months of his current agreement in the New Year. But United certainly need to strengthen their midfield, and clearly that is now their top priority. And you never know, if they give it their full attention, they might just succeed where they so miserably failed over the summer.
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Januzaj shortlisted for gong: Manchester United star Adnan Januzaj has been shortlisted for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award, reports the Daily Mirror. The 18-year-old is one of 10 youngsters on the list, even though he has made just a handful of appearances for the senior team since breaking into the spotlight this season. He is hoping to emulate team-mate Wayne Rooney, who won the award back in 2002.
Paper Round's view: It seems like a curious choice, but let's not forget his age, and the impact he has made when given the chance to play at the highest level. The furore over his nationality is testament to that. Speaking of which, he may not be English (yet), but the Belgian-born winger qualifies for the award as he is resident in, and plays in the UK, and his main achievements were in this country and not for a national team.
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Liverpool won't spend big in January: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has called on his fringe players to up their game and insisted the club will not panic buy once the transfer window re-opens. The manager has suggested the likes of Iago Aspas, Mamadou Sakho and Luis Alberto - brought in over the summer at a cost of over £40m - need to make the most of their chances now Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are missing, and said that the club are not in a position to spend money for the sake of it.
Paper Round's view: One bad result does not a bad team make. And while the Hull defeat was shocking - "painful" even, in the eyes of Rodgers - there really isn't any need to start panicking. They face Norwich in midweek and a victory at Carrow Road should dispel any fears Liverpool have lost their touch.
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Cole determined to stay at Chelsea: Ashley Cole has no plans to leave Stamford Bridge and is set on winning a new contract at Chelsea, according to the Daily Telegraph. Speculation has been rife that the England left-back will seek pastures new after having been left out of Jose Mourinho's team, but Cole is happy to stay put, the report claims, and will complete eight seasons at the club this summer.
Paper Round's view: If he does stay, he must be prepared to fight for his place. The key to that will be for him to stay fit, something which the 32-year-old has not been able to do so far this season.
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Newcastle set for Coloccini exit bid: Captain Fabricio Coloccini is set to make another bid to leave Newcastle after his wife posted a series of heartfelt messages on Twitter, the Daily Mail reports. Natalia Coloccini indicated she and the defender's children have returned to Argentina because life turned sour for her in the North-East. Last year Coloccini said he wanted to return to South America for personal reasons, but his attempt to join boyhood club San Lorenzo was blocked by manager Alan Pardew.
Paper Round's view: There can't be anything much worse than living your life halfway across the world from your children. And if Coloccini's kids are indeed back in Argentina, it might not be long before he rejoins them. Understandably so. Still, it would be a huge loss for Newcastle.
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