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Manchester City came close to cutting the lead of Premier League leaders Chelsea to 5 points, but a late winner from Willian at Stamford Bridge against Everton meant that they had to make do with just being happy about their own performance as they demolished Stoke City 4-1 at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke dominated the early exchanges and had a goal ruled out from Peter Crouch, who was narrowly offside after reacting first to Joe Hart spilling a Victor Moses cross.

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Arsenal are understood to be taking a keen interest in signing Olympique Lyon star Nabil Fekir. Reports in The Sun reveal that the Gunners are considering tabling £25m bid to sign the youngster in the summer.

The 21 year old has netted 10 goals in 25 appearances for his side this season, whilst also providing 7 assists.

 

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refused to rule Manchester City out of the Premier League title race, despite there being a 7 point gap between the two clubs already.

The Portuguese was quoted telling reporters: "We are in the driving seat but seven points with 14 matches to go ... if it was 14 points with seven matches to go we'd be almost there. But seven points with 14 games left is a long way to go."

 

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is still not ready to rule out his team from the Premier League title race. The Dutchman has said that his side will do everything that they can to catch up with rivals Man City and Chelsea in the league table, and that they still have a chance of succeeding in that.

LvG was quoted in The Daily Express, saying:  "Can we catch City? It would be fantastic, of course, for the fans. It will very difficult to catch Chelsea but it is mathematically possible so we shall try to do everything we can to win every game. We are capable of doing that. It's not that I don't believe in it. When you see the last 16 matches, we have only lost one, and have conceded only eight goals so that is not many."

 

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Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are understood to be walking on a tough road. According to reports in Nieuwsblad, the club may have to struggle to hold on to Manchester United and Man City target Kevin De Bruyne after this season.

The former Chelsea reject currently has a contract running until 2019 at the Volkswagen Arena. However, with the extraordinary form that he is in, the club may consider providing him with a new deal which would include a considerable wage hike – something that even club sporting director Klaus Allofs has himself admitted.

 

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said that he was frustrated after failing to notch up a favourable result against Hull City at the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens only managed a 1-1 draw against the Tigers, which means that the reigning Premier League champions have not won in their last 4 league games.

Pellegrini was quoted telling reporters: "It is frustrating because I think the team worked a lot in the game and had good possession. We did all we could to win but we are not in high performance in the attacking zone."

 

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James Milner rescued Manchester City from the clutches of defeat by scoring a late goal to help them manage a 1-1 draw over Hull City at the Etihad Stadium.

The Tigers went ahead in the 35th minute when David Meyler made it 1-0 for his team, after Gaston Ramirez saw his shot hitting the woodwork. The Citizens then tried hard to pull a goal back, and only got their reward in the 92nd minute when Milner scored from a beautifully curled free kick.

 

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