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Manchester City star Raheem Sterling believes the club are facing a crucial period ahead as they compete for silverware in the FA Cup and Champions League.

The Mancunian giants have produced a poor defence of their league title this term and they are currently a staggering 21 points behind champions Liverpool with three games to play.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he wants to earn a century of appearances with the France national side while breaking the goalscoring record held by Michel Platini. The former Arsenal man had planned to retire from international football following the 2020 European Championships but his decision has been delayed for another 12 months after the competition was postponed until next summer.

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is keen on making the France national team for the summer’s Euro 2020 tournament. The Frenchman has been in top form for the Red Devils this term and he has already contributed 17 goals from 31 appearances in all competitions. As a result, he is on course for the best-ever return during a single campaign and Martial has his sights on representing Les Bleus at the European Championships.

Real Madrid striker Eden Hazard has hailed Karim Benzema as the best striker in the world amid his struggles to reclaim his spot with the France national side. The striker has not featured for Les Bleus since his involvement in the blackmail case on teammate Mathieu Valbuena and he has been out-of-favour for the past four years.

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has acknowledged that the club are missing the services of Aymeric Laporte at the heart of the club’s defence. The French centre-back picked up a serious knee injury before the previous international break and he has since undergone a surgery which will keep him out of action for most of the campaign.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has urged France to ignore the services of midfielder N’Golo Kante during the forthcoming internationals.

The 28-year-old had been struggling with a knee injury at the start of the campaign and he has now sustained a fresh ankle sprain which saw him miss the recent Premier League clash at Norwich City.

Cardiff face QPR in the championship in what could be a tough game for the home team. Manager Neil Warnock has endured mixed results this season as he aims to return the club back to the EPL on first asking.

The veteran manager has options that he can turn to with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Callum Paterson available to start. In addition highly-rated shot-stopper Neil Etheridge could also make a return to the first team.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has opened the door for Leroy Sane to leave the club this summer. The Germany international has been earmarked as the prime attacking target for Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga side have resisted against making an approach until they get the green light from the player himself.

Speaking to reporters, Guardiola said that Sane was rewarded with a new deal at the club last year but the German decided to turn down the advances. He added that he wants a happy bunch of players within the squad and anyone feeling unsettled can head through the exit door, he said:“The club made him an offer last year. We want people happy to be here. We are going to help him to the best we know-how, (to realise) his potential. The desire to have him to be with us is always there. I spoke to the club 10 times (to say) that I want people here to be happy if they don’t want, they go.”

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has expressed doubts over the future of Samir Nasri beyond the current campaign. The Frenchman signed for the Hammers on a six-month deal in January after his drugs ban elapsed, but he has since managed just six appearances with a series of calf problems keeping him out of the team.

Speaking in a press conference, Pellegrini refused to give any assurances regarding the future of Nasri, who is currently nursing another muscular problem. He added that the club will make a judgement on the same at the end of the season, he told: “About next season, I don’t know. We knew that when Samir came here we had a risk for muscle injuries because he was more than one year without playing, so we will see at the end of the season.”

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has sent a warning to Callum Hudson-Odoi, who made his full Premier League debut with Chelsea earlier in the week. The teenager was handed his maiden league start for the Blues during the midweek game against Brighton & Hove Albion and he managed to impress by grabbing the assist for Olivier Giroud’s opener in a 3-0 win.

Speaking in a press conference, Hammers boss Pellegrini said that Hudson-Odoi has the credentials to become a top player, but he needs to live to the ever-growing demands of the Premier League, he told: “I think [a] very good player. He’s just starting his career. I always say about those young players starting that it’s not so difficult to arrive, a lot of good players with technical conditions arrive to play in the first team. But after that you must keep it. At the beginning any little good thing a young player does, people will say how good they are. But after that they will demand more.”

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