Football: Ince expected to remain in Italy

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Paul Ince is reported to have been offered a three-year deal worth pounds 13.5m, which would make him the highest-paid player in the world, to encourage him to reconsider his decision to leave Internazionale.

Ince, who is being courted by several English clubs and Liverpool in particular, will make a final decision after returning from a club tour to Hong Kong and Thailand next Monday.

At the weekend he was reported in Italian newspapers as saying: "It's very difficult to stay. I've always said that, for me, the family comes first before the job. I've got problems here. I'm sorry about it, especially for the fans. They don't deserve to see me go."

Liverpool, who have bid pounds 6m for the England midfielder, were believed to have matched his present contract of pounds 750,000 a year. Massimo Moratti, the Inter president, is hoping that a combination of the improved offer and the arrival at the club of Ronaldo from Barcelona will tempt Ince to change his mind.

Real Madrid's 27th Spanish title, secured with an impressive 3-1 victory over the reigning champions and neighbours Atletico on Saturday, did nothing to dissuade coach Fabio Capello from his decision to return to Milan next season. "Yes, for sure," he said when asked whether he would be returning to the club with whom he won four Serie A titles.

Lorenzo Sanz, the Real president, took the opportunity to announce that the Tenerife coach, Jupp Heynckes, would probably be Capello's successor at the Bernabeu. "We have the basis of an agreement," he said. Raul Gonzalez, Fernando Hierro and Predrag Mijatovic scored for Real before Juan Esnaider replied for Atletico.

Fielding a much-changed side from the one which lost to England, Poland, under their new coach Krzysztof Pawlak, came from behind to beat Georgia 4-1 in Chorzow to remain third in Group Two of Europe's World Cup qualifiers.