Afternoon Report: April 25

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Jonny Evans says Robin van Persie's decision to leave Arsenal for Manchester United was vindicated after the Red Devils claimed the Premier League title on Monday night.

Van Persie netted a league clinching hat-trick against Aston Villa at Old Trafford, and Evans believes the Dutch striker made the right choice to join the 20-time champions.

Rafael Benitez claims it is imperative that Chelsea secure a place in the Champions League for next season.

The Blues have a chance to take a significant step towards the final of the Europa League on Thursday night, but Benitez says a top four finish remains their ultimate aim.

Manchester City star Carlos Tevez has hinted he may stay at the Etihad Stadium beyond the terms of his current deal.

Tevez's contract with City expires next summer, but the Argentine forward is open to the idea of staying with the club.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is disappointed the Football Association opted to uphold the red card he received against Fulham last Saturday.

The Frenchman was sent off for a lunge on Stanislav Manolev, which Arsenal appealed, but this was rejected by the FA, and Giroud has hit out at the 'very harsh' decision.

Tottenham defender Danny Rose is unsure whether or not he will stay with Sunderland once his loan deal with the club has expired.

Rose joined the Black Cats on a temporary basis last summer, and says a decision will be made on his future at the end of the season.

Lionel Messi has urged his teammates to 'pick themselves up' and secure the Spanish title after their stunning Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

Barca were left shell-shocked in the Allianz Arena, and Messi says it is vital they now finish the job domestically and wrest the league title back from Real Madrid.

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