Daily Digest: Thibaut Courtois' desperation for Chelsea exit continues

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David Cooper here with a round-up of our top stories on Wednesday morning.

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TOP STORY 

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri refused to shed light on the future of wantaway goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after his side’s penalty shoot-out win against Lyon.

Sarri also revealed he expects Eden Hazard to remain at Stamford Bridge after the Belgium international made his first Blues appearance since Russia 2018.

Belgium international Courtois has been reported to have stayed away from the London club following World Cup duty with Belgium amid speculation of a move to Real Madrid.

“I don’t know in this moment,” Sarri told a press conference after Chelsea’s 5-4 win on penalties at Stamford Bridge when asked of Courtois’ future.

“I want to speak with my club and then we will decide about it. I am here to talk about this match.”

FOOTBALL

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not concerned by his defensive options heading into the opening weekend of the season, despite being able to field only one senior centre-back in the 3-1 friendly win over Torino.

With Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan all carrying injuries Virgil van Dijk cruised through the first half alongside under-23 defender Nathaniel Philips.

In the second half at Anfield midfielders Fabinho – who missed an early penalty – and Marko Grujic both filled in as Van Dijk only played 45 minutes but Klopp is not worried ahead of Sunday’s visit of West Ham.

Elsewhere, Stan Kroenke has moved a step further to completing a full takeover of Arsenal after minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov accepted an offer worth in excess of £550 million for his stake.

CRICKET

India have ruled out Jasprit Bumrah’s return from injury in the second Test at Lord’s.

Bumrah, who suffered a broken left thumb at the end of June, remained with the squad, with a view to being fit if needed in time to face England this week.

That, however, will not happen with the 24-year-old returning home this week to continue the rehab on his injury.

In other news, the ICC have officially sanctioned the second season of the T10 League which will be held in November.

The 10-over event, which begins from November 23 in Sharjah, will see eight franchises compete in an expanded 10-day competition.

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Good morning!

David Cooper here with a round-up of our top stories on Tuesday morning.

Get in touch with us throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

TOP STORY

Will he stay or will he go? Thibaut Courtois.

Will he stay or will he go? Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois failed to report for training on Monday as doubts over his future at Stamford Bridge intensified.

It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid will up the ante to complete a deal for the 26-year-old this week.

Read more, here.

FOOTBALL

Omar Abdulrahman has a fan in Argentine legend Diego Maradona.

New chapter: Omar Abdulrahman.

Months of speculation have come to an end after UAE superstar Omar Abdulrahman secured a momentous season-long loan to Saudi Arabia giants Al Hilal and simultaneously agreed a three-year contract extension at Al Ain, dashing hope of a historic European switch.

Matt Monaghan has this comment piece on the playmaker, here.

CRICKET

Bumrah has made a great start to his Test career.

Pace ace: Jasprit Bumrah.

As India fell to a narrow 31-run defeat in the first Test against England, they must have wondered what could have been had they had the services of pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

And ahead of the the second match at Lord’s beginning on Thursday, the Men in Blue are hoping the latter will be fit for selection given he has reportedly been stepping up his recovery from injury in the nets.

Read more.

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Our US sports expert Jay Asser has this piece on the rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox – and see for yourself how the two two teams match-up below:

Beantown > Gotham so far in 2018

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KL Rahul's stumps go flying at Edgbaston.

KL Rahul’s stumps go flying at Edgbaston.

Cricket writer Ajit Vijaykumar says India’s onus on playing attacking cricket and taking 20 wickets in a Test match has effected their batting in the game’s longest format.

Do you agree?

Read his article, here.

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Good morning, David Cooper here with our main stories on Monday morning.

TOP STORY

Relieved: Jose Mourinho.

Relieved: Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho believes his Manchester United team had nothing more to give as they ended their pre-season with a narrow defeat to Bayern Munich.

Read more reaction from the Portuguese, here.

FOOTBALL

Who's better than me?

Who’s better than me?

Premier League champions Manchester City looked like they hadn’t even been away as they comfortably beat Chelsea at Wembley to lift the first piece of silverware this season, a comprehensive 2-0 win earning them a fifth Community Shield.

We bring you the key talking points from the match, here.

CRICKET

England cricketer Ben Stokes will go on trial on Monday, accused of affray.

Read more, here.

Star turn: Ben Stokes was phenomenal on the final day at Edgbaston.

Star turn: Ben Stokes was phenomenal on the final day at Edgbaston.

REGIONAL

Omar Abdulrahman was named man of the match against Oman.

What does the future hold for the Al Ain and UAE playmaker?

A series of European clubs have registered interest in the UAE’s superstar playmaker Omar Abdulrahman this summer, amid a serious and sustained approach from Saudi Arabia giants Al Hilal.

Matt Monaghan has the story.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Sport360’s Matt Jones ponders the key talking points from United’s defeat at the Allianz Arena.

Read more, here.

In action: Alexis Sanchez.

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In case you missed it, check out our Sergio Aguero graphic after the Argentine superstar reached a prestigious landmark for Manchester City:

200 goals. 293 games. Manchester City’s best-ever signing?

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