Thursday media watch [18.07.13 AM]: Striker due back in training
Birmingham Mail: Yacouba Sylla will be asked to help reintegrate Christian Benteke into the Villa squad when the wantaway striker returns to training after his extended leave. According to sources in Belgium, Benteke will report back to Bodymoor Heath today as ordered after being granted 12 extra days off following his transfer request.
Mirror: Christian Benteke is due back at Aston Villa today as Tottenham's pursuit of him continues to drag on. Striker Benteke was omitted from Villa's pre-season tour to Germany after handing in a transfer request.
Daily Star: Rebel striker Christian Benteke could face an icy welcome when he returns to Aston Villa today. The £25m-rated star reports back for training and sees his team-mates for the first time since slapping in a transfer request.
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BBC Sport: Fifa president Sepp Blatter is determined to switch the 2022 World Cup to the winter because of the intense Qatar summer heat.
The Sun: Wayne Rooney will be Jose Mourinho's first-choice striker if the Special One can tempt him to Stamford Bridge.
Mirror: Manchester United are making a massive £60million bid for Gareth Bale.
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