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What's trending: Jamie Vardy charged, Barca crisis, Balotelli's Liverpool snub

Here are the latest stories from Monday.

LEICESTER: Jamie Vardy faces an additional suspension following his red card in Sunday's 2-2 draw against West Ham United after he was charged by the FA with improper conduct.

- Manager Claudio Ranieri has said Vardy "never dives" despite the striker being dismissed for simulation.

- The Foxes currently hold an eight-point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur with four games to play (Spurs have five games left), with Arsenal and Man City as rank outsiders.

LA LIGA: Valencia forward Santi Mina has said that tensions were high after the club's 2-1 victory over Barcelona on Sunday and acknowledged that something was thrown in the tunnel after the game.

- Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone invoked the spirit of late coach Luis Aragones after his side beat Granada 3-0 to reaffirm their title ambitions, saying they must "win, win and win'' if they are to overhaul leaders Barcelona.

BARCELONA: Despite falling to their fourth La Liga loss of the season in their 2-1 defeat at home to Valencia, Barcelona duo Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique are adamant that their team will come good in the end.

- Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said he remains confident his team can win the La Liga title despite their alarming slump continuing.

- Lionel Messi scored his 500th career goal when he netted for Barcelona against Valencia and broke a 515 minute goalless drought.

LIVERPOOL: On-loan AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has said he does not want to return to Liverpool at the end of the season. "What I want is certainly to stay at Milan," Balotelli said after his side's 1-0 win at Sampdoria on Sunday. "I was not happy at Liverpool and I do not want to go back there. I've been doing well in my last two games, there are another six for me to prove myself."

- The Reds face a second charge from UEFA after their fans let off fireworks in the second leg against Borussia Dortmund last week.

- Jurgen Klopp hailed striker Daniel Sturridge after a match-winning display in Liverpool's 2-1 win at Bournemouth.

- Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is considering his future at Anfield after dropping down the pecking order, a source close to the player has told ESPN FC.

CHELSEA: Eden Hazard has informed incoming manager Antonio Conte that he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge, a source confirms to ESPN FC.

- Guus Hiddink admits that some Chelsea players could be saving their energy for Euro 2016 after Manchester City ran out 3-0 winners at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

TOTTENHAM: Tottenham are close to agreeing a deal with the Football Association to play at Wembley for at least one season, a source close to the negotiations has told ESPN FC.

- Harry Kane says he is flattered to be compared to Alan Shearer by Sir Alex Ferguson but insists he wants to be his "own man."

- Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham are focused on doing "their job" against Stoke on Monday night after Leicester City stumbled in Sunday's 2-2 draw with West Ham.

WEST HAM: West Ham striker Andy Carroll has lambasted referee Jonathan Moss for an unacceptable performance, even accusing the official of trying to even things up by awarding Leicester a stoppage-time penalty.

MAN UNITEDManchester United's Tim Fosu-Mensah thinks that playing in a central role could give him his best chance of success in the future.

- David Beckham could play again under his former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in a football legends' match planned for Sydney later this year.

- David De Gea has been taken aback by Marcus Rashford's emergence and hopes the "unbelievable" talent can make history at Manchester United.

MAN CITY: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes the club's decision to announce the appointment of Pep Guardiola could have cost them the title.

ARSENAL: The Gunners have cancelled their annual Emirates Cup for this fall because of planned work on their home pitch.

- Arsene Wenger says the decision to move Alexis Sanchez to the right flank has helped the forward rediscover his best form for Arsenal.

- Wenger says he'll have to repair the "mental damage" to his players after the team's title chances faded with a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

EVERTON: Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic accepts the fans' right to protest at poor performances but believes they should be getting behind the team -- especially ahead of a crucial week.

ASTON VILLA: Directors David Bernstein and Mervyn King have both announced they will step down following the club's relegation.

- Villa chairman Steve Hollis says the club must bear the blame for an "unacceptably fractured" season which has led to their relegation from the Premier League.

- Aston Villa centre-back Joleon Lescott said that relegation to the Championship is a "weight off the shoulders" after his side's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.

ENGLAND: Wayne Rooney should change roles for the Three Lions at Euro 2016, according to former manage Fabio Capello.

England fans have been warned against buying unauthorised tickets and hospitality packages for the Euro 2016 finals in France, which could put their security at risk.

- Former Liverpool captain Steve McMahon says that England should adopt the spirit of Leicester City at June's Euro 2016 finals in France, with their minimum requirement being a semifinal appearance.

ITALY: Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss the European Championship after injuring his knee while playing in Juventus's 4-0 defeat of Palermo on Sunday.

SERIE A: Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has denied that he was involved in a heated exchange with Francesco Totti outside the dressing room following Sunday's 3-3 draw at Atalanta.

JUVENTUS: Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has insisted that Paul Pogba will be going nowhere this summer. The Serie A club were able to convince Pogba, 23, to stay amid intense speculation of an exit at the end of last season.

DORTMUND: United States midfielder Christian Pulisic became the youngest ever non-German to score a Bundesliga goal as he opened his account for Borussia Dortmund in their 3-0 win against Hamburg on Sunday.

- Thomas Tuchel said he didn't believe that the Liverpool meltdown was still on his team's mind, while adding that he was impressed with the team's ability to forget about the loss and focus on the weekend task at hand.

MLS: There was hotly debated controversy after Lee Nguyen scored on a penalty kick in the 96th minute to earn the New England Revolution a 2-2 tie with Orlando City on Sunday. 

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