Afternoon Report: May 8

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Manchester United coach René Meulensteen has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson is relieved now he has finally decided to call time on his 26 years in charge of Manchester United.

The Dutchman also revealed Ferguson told his coaching staff of his decision this morning.

Andre Villas-Boas has called on his Tottenham team to keep their Champions League destiny in their own hands - by beating Chelsea tonight.

Spurs face the Blues at Stamford Bridge tonight, two points off a top-four finish with three games to go.

Rafa Benitez meanwhile has tried to put an end to the controversy surrounding David Luiz ahead of his side's showdown against Spurs.

The Brazilian was spotted smiling after he had been fouled by Rafael who received a red card - and has been accused of play-acting to get his countryman sent off.

Theo Walcott says he is happy to have scored 20 goals this season - but says he would swap them all for a top four finish.

Walcott reached the landmark figure with a lightning strike against QPR on Saturday, but insists he is purely focused on helping the Gunners pip Spurs to Champions League qualification.

Roberto Mancini was happy with the manner of Manchester City's 1-0 win over West Brom last night.

The Italian was also pleased with the performance of match-winner Edin Dzeko - but says the Bosnian can do better than he has this season.

And finally, Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has denied reports he will leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season.

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