Afternoon Report: May 1

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Phil Jones claims he will learn from his injury setbacks this term as he continues to push for a regular starting spot. The United defender admits he's been frustrated at times, but he believes his form in recent weeks will stand him in good stead for next season.

Internacional president Giovanni Luigi says Tottenham are in pole position to sign Leandro Damiao this summer. Spurs have been long term admirers of the Brazil international, and Luigi admits the two clubs are in talks over a transfer.

Alisher Usmanov has questioned the ambition of Arsenal's owners and claims the club has 'no superstars'. The Russian billionaire feels Arsenal would be better served under his command, but a battle for control with majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has left him on the fringes.

Branislav Ivanovic says he has forgiven Luis Suarez after he was bitten by the Liverpool striker. Suarez has since been banned for 10 matches for the incident, but Ivanovic revealed he holds no grudge against the Uruguayan international.

David Platt insists Manchester City will not ease up in their remaining Premier League games, even if they secure second place. City hold a six-point advantage over third-placed Chelsea, but the assistant manager claims his side are focused on winning all their remaining matches.

Sergio Busquets and Eric Abidal both face time on the treatment table, and will miss the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp. Busquets has not recovered from the injury that kept him out of the team at the weekend, and Abidal has picked up a calf problem in training.

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