Evening Report: May 17

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Barcelona news

Garry Major
Published 17/05/2013 16:53 by Garry Major, read by 16,547 people.

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he has tried to manipulate referees throughout his 26 years in charge of Manchester United.

Ferguson was in relaxed mood ahead of his final game in charge before retirement and admitted he was always trying to get some extra ‘Fergie time’ out of the officials.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says he is ready to face the pressure of needing a final day win at Newcastle United to guarantee Champions League qualification, as he has had experience of it before.

Giroud was part of the Montpellier team that became Ligue 1 champions last season after needing a win on the final day.

Andre Villas-Boas says he is sure that Tottenham will be able to hold on to star man Gareth Bale this summer.

Bale’s sensational form this season has led to him being linked with many of Europe’s biggest clubs, but Villas-Boas was confident the Welshman would be going nowhere.

Oscar believes his first season at Chelsea has been an incredible success and revealed he was delighted to have achieved all the personal goals he set himself.

The Brazilian thanked all the Chelsea staff that helped him end the season as a first team regular and as a European trophy winner.

Manchester City target Jesus Navas says he is open to making a big move to the Premier League this summer and hopes the Citizens can agree a deal with his club Sevilla.

The Spain international also felt it would be a dream to play under Manuel Pellegrini – the Malaga boss is hot favourite to succeed Roberto Mancini as Etihad Stadium boss.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi is not worrying about those claiming this year was an end of an era for the Camp Nou club.

He insisted the current Barcelona squad was supremely talented and had more than enough quality to go on and win more trophies.

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