Newcastle United returned to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Tuesday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…

CHAMPIONSHIP: Ayoze Perez struck twice as Rafael Benitez succeeded in his mission to guide Newcastle back to the Premier League at the first attempt with a resounding 4-1 victory over 10-man Preston.

– Rafa Benitez was happy to prove his doubters wrong after returning Newcastle to the Premier League one year after they were relegated.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Referee Martin Atkinson has been selected to take charge of the Manchester derby on Thursday, the Premier League has confirmed.

MAN UNITEDAnder Herrera has billed Manchester United’s Premier League trip to Manchester City as a potential make-or-break “game of the season.”

LIVERPOOL: Hertha Berlin have said they do not believe Liverpool will get a work permit for Brazil under-20 international Allan as they prepare to open talks to extend his loan into next season.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Crystal Palace centre-back Mamadou Sakho has defended his controversial handshake with former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke.

ARSENAL: Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has told IB Times he hopes to represent Spain at the European Under-21 Championship this summer despite Arsene Wenger’s reservations.

– Petr Cech believes Arsenal have disproved accusations they lack leaders by beating Manchester City and reaching the FA Cup final.

CHELSEA: Eden Hazard has told Sky Sports he is not thinking about his long-term future at the moment as he is currently focused on ensuring a successful season for Chelsea.

– Antonio Conte has backed newly crowned PFA Player of the Year N’Golo Kante to emerge as a leader at Chelsea in the coming seasons, though he admits that the France international has a different personality to departing captain John Terry.

MAN CITY: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola would be interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli this summer, according to former Barcelona star Xavi.

SERIE A: Roma thrashed rock-bottom Pescara 4-1 to move back to within eight points of Serie A leaders Juventus on Monday night and officially relegate the Dolphins.

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