From the Back Pages, November 12: Cristiano Ronaldo could have played with Lionel Messi but Real Madrid U-turn over Manchester United’s £80m fee saw him snub Barcelona

From the back pages
From the back pages

Cristiano Ronaldo could have been lining up with Lionel Messi at Barcelona had Real Madrid not held their nerve over his £80million move from Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

David Moyes’ seven-month exile from football management has ended as the former Manchester United manager has agreed to take charge at Real Sociedad on a 18-month deal. (The Telegraph)

FIVE players missed England training this morning after sustaining knocks at the weekend. (The Express)

Spain superstar Xavi believes “incredible” Raheem Sterling is good enough to play for Barcelona. (The Mirror)

At White Hart Lane last season, the comedian Michael McIntyre would occasionally be invited by the club’s directors to pop into the home dressing room and chat to the players. As celebrity match-going fans go, McIntyre is just about the most famous Tottenham have, although the situation was always made a little awkward by the fact that few of the squad’s foreign contingent had a clue as to who this titan of British Saturday night television was. For all his much-vaunted overnight success and attendant wealth, the joke was that he still earned less than Emmanuel Adebayor. (The Independent)

Morocco has been expelled from the 2015 African Cup of Nations after refusing to host the competition as scheduled due to fears over the spread of Ebola. The competition’s organisers now have just days to find an alternative venue, with the cup still scheduled to begin in mid-January. (The Guardian)

Campaigners have condemned a football club’s controversial decision to allow one of their former players to start training with them again less than a month after being released from prison for rape. (The Times)