Evening Report: July 25

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Tomas Rosicky has revealed that he goes into every game with the approach to play like it will be his last, as he enters the final year of his Arsenal contract.

The Czech Republic midfielder would love to earn a new deal to finish his career at the Emirates Stadium, but insists his main focus is on making a contribution to the team whenever he can, after an injury-plagued few years in north London.

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says the club's early-season clash with Manchester United will be an important test of strength.

The Blues start their Premier League campaign under returning manager Jose Mourinho at home to newly-promoted Hull City, before travelling to Old Trafford for an evening game against the reigning champions.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is expecting a tough Premier League title race this year, and says as many as six teams have a chance of winning the domestic crown.

In addition to City and local rivals Manchester United, the Ivory Coast international name-checked Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and even Liverpool to be battling at the top of the table come May.

Jonny Evans says Manchester United will relish a tough opening month of the new season, as the club begins its defence of the Premier League title.

With games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City to come in their opening four matches, David Moyes faces a baptism of fire at Old Trafford, but Evans is confident the players will get the results needed to hit the ground running.

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has tipped Gareth Bale to stay at White Hart Lane for another year.

Despite fierce speculation about the winger's reported move to Real Madrid, the QPR boss reckons Bale still has plenty of reason to remain in north London.

And finally, Barcelona are to honour their contract with Tito Vilanova and continue to pay him the final year of his £6.5million contract as he recovers from cancer treatment for the third time.

Reports in Spain have also suggested that when Vilanova completes his treatment, he could return to Camp Nou and continue in a position with less stress.

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