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 By David Mooney

Man City's holiday challenge is keeping Chelsea close, Frank Lampard closer

Watch all the highlights from an exciting Saturday of Week 17 in the Premier League.

The future of Manchester City's season could hinge on the next 10 days. Of course, the most crucial part of the Christmas period for the Blues to keep the pressure on Chelsea is picking up maximum points from fixtures with West Brom, Burnley and Sunderland -- but there are some other key issues to sort out, too. And this combination could mean success or failure in 2014-15 for Manuel Pellegrini.

The 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday proved that, at least in the short term, the champions can...

David Silva says win over Crystal Palace will keep pressure on Chelsea

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he was never worried his side would not claim a win over Crystal Palace, despite being held at the break.

David Silva believes Manchester City's comeback in the title race means Chelsea could be put under greater pressure.

City have won their last six Premier League games and Saturday's 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace meant they drew level on points with the leaders.

Jose Mourinho's team have a chance to re-establish a gap when they visit Stoke on Monday but Silva is expecting them to have a tough test at the Britannia Stadium.

He said: "We were eight points behind Chelsea a few weeks ago and...

Kevin De Bruyne is not leaving Wolfsburg for Man City - agent

Wolfsburg extended their unbeaten run to five in the Bundesliga with a 2-1 victory at home to Cologne.

Kevin De Bruyne's agent has told kicker that the midfielder is not interested in leaving Wolfsburg amid rumours of a possible return to Premier League.

De Bruyne, 23, put an end to his unsuccessful spell at Chelsea in January 2014. Having returned from a loan at Werder Bremen ahead of last season, De Bruyne found it hard to win game time at Stamford Bridge, and made a permanent move back to the Bundesliga to keep his World Cup hopes alive.

In Brazil, De Bruyne started four of Belgium's five World...

Manuel Pellegrini ignoring Manchester City winning record

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he was never worried his side would not claim a win over Crystal Palace, despite being held at the break.

Manuel Pellegrini is ignoring the prospect of equalling a 105-year club record to concentrate on Manchester City's bid to retain the Premier League title.

City have won their last eight games in all competitions, one short of a club record first set in 1909, and the Chilean's side will have a place in the history books if they beat West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.

But Pellegrini said: "For me it's just to try and be near to the top of the table. I didn't know about the record."

The 61-year-old...

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Manchester City want De Bruyne and Koke, Torres set for Anfield reunion

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is facing a shortage of striker options for their match against Crystal Palace.

Some people think the festive season is about counting down December's days until Christmas morning, but we all know the real fun begins Jan. 1. Keep connected with all the build-up with Transfer Talk.

Man City in line for Kevin De Bruyne

Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne might be set for a return to the Premier League. The one-time Chelsea player never figured in Jose Mourinho's plans at Stamford Bridge and was subsequently loaned out to Werder Bremen.

Now The Mirror reported the attacking...