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Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink, whose team face Tottenham in a key Premier League encounter on Monday, has questioned whether Spurs have the fight to remain in the title race. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to lead the club into their new 61,000-capacity stadium in 2018-19 as champions. (Sun)external-link

Despite recent protests from fans and disappointing results this term, Arsene Wenger will retain complete control of all player and football staff matters at Arsenal next season. (Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool have opened negotiations to sign Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, 20, this summer. (L'Equipe, via Metro)external-link

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The Daily Mirror focuses on Leicester and also look ahead to Chelsea v Spurs

Watford and Southampton are monitoring Wales winger Hal Robson-Kanu, 26, who has postponed talks about a new deal with Reading. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew and Idrissa Gana could face FA action following a confrontation with home supporters during the closing moments of Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Watford. (Wolverhampton Express and Star)external-link

Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti, 22, has admitted he is flattered to be linked with a transfer to Tottenham, but says Spanish football is more suited to his style of play. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Manager Quique Sanchez Flores says Watford owner Gino Pozzo needs a five-year plan if the club are to thrive in the top flight. (Telegraph)external-link

Ukraine winger and Liverpool target Andriy Yarmolenko, 26, will not be allowed to leave Dynamo Kiev for "clubs like Everton and Stoke City", says club president Ihor Surkis. (UNIAN, via Daily Star)external-link

Cristiano Ronaldo is rated 50-50 to play for Real Madrid against Manchester City in Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final. (Sun)external-link

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow says his penalty save against Crystal Palace to help secure victory was the most important of his career. (Daily Mail)external-link

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says it would be the biggest achievement of his 40-year career in football if they are promoted to the Premier League. (Brighton Argus)external-link

West Brom forward Jonathan Leko, the first player born in 1999 to start a Premier League game, will be sent out on loan next season by manager Tony Pulis.(Times - subscription required)external-link

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, sent off at Manchester United on Sunday, could face an increased ban for his reaction to referee Michael Oliver's decision.(Times - subscription required)external-link

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Manchester United legend Eric Cantona was at Old Trafford to see his former side draw 1-1 with Premier League champions-elect Leicester.

Manchester United's Ander Herrera with Eric Cantona
That's Mr Cantona to you, young man

Leicester midfielder Andy Kingexternal-link was content with the point as the Foxes close in on the Premier League title: "Another point in the right direction. Big thanks for the support again!!"

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, who has promised to present the programme in his underpants if his former club win the Premier League, wrote:external-link "Met Claudio Ranieri after the game. He said 'Gary, I don't want to see you do MOTD in your pants.' Yes you do, Claudio."

Stoke striker Peter Crouch had a Twitter messageexternal-link for Match of the Day pundit Jermaine Jenas: "Thank you for highlighting my blistering pace yesterday mate. People have overlooked it for years."

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridgeexternal-link looked ahead to the Europa League after the 3-1 defeat at Swansea: "Absolutely gutted. Thanks to the fans for travelling and supporting us. God willing Thursday will be a better result."

Gabriel Agbonlahor, who has stepped down as Aston Villa captain, posted a picture on Instagramexternal-link from outside a caravan: "Nothing better than watching your son play football! Even if you have to stay in a freezing cold caravan. #weymouth #suttonpanthers."

And finally

Leicester midfielder N'Golo Kante is set to have a stand named after him by his first club Boulogne, where he made 38 appearances following a trial with the French third division side. (Sun)external-link

Southampton's Sadio Mane thought the match ball he claimed for his hat-trick against Manchester City had been commandeered by referee Andre Marriner, but the official quickly returned it to him. (Metro)external-link

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