Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Jack Grealish will be sold by Aston Villa in this summer transfer window, the club’s manager Steve Bruce has confirmed.After failing to gain promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs last season, the Villans were crippled by Financial Fair Play regulations and are battling to stay afloat. The Midlands club have little choice now but to sell their prized assets – with Grealish leading the way.With nearly £40million needing to be raised, Bruce admitted he just hoped clubs act fast so the club can move on.“The first thing we have to address, before we go into anything, is Financial Fair Play,” Bruce told Sky Sports.“That has to be addressed whether the owner has got any money or not. We have to try and put that in place as quickly as we can.“The owner has put out a statement. I had a conversation with him four or five days ago where I issued my commitment to the club and to him to say, ‘Look, we’re up against it, let’s be open and honest’. Latest Transfer stories “We might have to take decisions which aren’t going to be easy. We will have to generate some money and inevitably that’s going to be through player sales.“And it’s going to be people who I don’t want to sell. The obvious one is Jack. People will know we’ve got financial problems and they’ll sit and wait until deadline day possibly, I hope that doesn’t happen but we’ve got to wait for it.”After dazzling in the second half of the season, local lad Grealish and his Villa teammates fell agonizingly short of the Premier League after defeat at Wembley to Fulham.And, although his value will have certainly sky-rocketed, Bruce is all too aware they are in no position to be demanding the full-price.According to the Birmingham Mail, Spurs are hoping to land the Solihull-born star for just £15 million, and Bruce admits he will be sad to see him leave. LIVING THE DREAM RANKED Grealish scored three goals in 31 appearances for Villa last season Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland moving on 2 REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti “It’s pretty brutal stuff out there,” Bruce continued. “There’s nobody going to feel sorry for Aston Villa because financially we’ve got ourselves into a bit of a pickle. Yes, we’ve got to be ready for that.“I’ve enjoyed working with Jack. Jack is the obvious one that clubs are going to look at because he had a wonderful six months.“He reminded everyone what a very good player he is at 22 years old. On another day at Wembley he could have scored one of the great goals.“He’s a special talent. Yes, you don’t want to lose him but the inevitable thing is, we have to.“We have to keep the club up and running and keep it in line with Financial Fair Play.” 2 Villa have to sell star man Grealish this summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets
(REOPENS DEL 75) (REOPENS DEL 75) The off-break bowler kept it full and did not give any room to IPL big buy Carlos Barthwaite (13), who failed to get going in the first two balls. In his desperation Brathwaite tried to hit it big but Man-of-the-match Najibullah covered a fair distance and maintained his balance while taking a diving catch. Andre Fletcher (11 not out), who had retired hurt earlier, came in but the last three balls fetched only three runs. Nabis figures of 2/26 in four overs hardly give an idea of the effort that he had put in. In fact, the Afghan bowlers put up a lion-hearted show with an unforgettable moment being the delivery that pacer Hamid Hassan bowled to dismiss opener Johnson Charles (22). He bowled one that jagged back after pitching at a fair click to breach the openers defences. Leg spinner Rashid Khan bowled a googly to get rid of Marlon Samuels (6). To Afghanistans credit, they did not let the partnership between Denesh Ramdin (18, 24 balls) and Dwayne Bravo (28, 29 balls) flourish. They added 41 runs but at the same time consumed 7.4 overs in the process which increased the pressure on the lower-order batsmen. It went haywire from there on for West Indies but turned to be a fairytale ending for the bunch of 11 bravehearts from the war-torn country. PTI KHS PM PM
India signed 2017 off with a spectacular 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka, bringing to an end a dominant calendar year where they won 37 international matches, second only to Australia’s record of 38 such wins 14 years ago.In the course of these 12 months, India won limited-overs series against England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand. Test series triumphs against Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka ensured India remained on top of the ICC rankings.However, the real challenge for Virat Kohli’s India will come in the New Year in South Africa. India play their first Test in Cape Town from January 5 and the world’s top-ranked Test team will be expected to replicate their home season form in a country where they have never won a Test series.However, coach Ravi Shastri sees that as an opportunity and he is backing his men to do what they have done right through their successful home season. India have respected their opposition, there has been no loose talk from any of their players but their body language showed they were out there on the park to win.Shastri, in an exclusive interview with India Today’s Boria Majumdar, said India would go to South Africa with the same mentality. The coach lauded the team for its self-belief and said each player believed he could do well in South Africa against some of the best players in world cricket.”For us, all opposition is the same, all opposition has to be respected, every game is a home game and as it turns out next month is in South Africa,” Shastri told India Today. “Now where South Africa is different is that we have never won a series in South Africa and therein lies a massive opportunity for the team to do something special.advertisementThe belief is there and we will treat South Africa like we have treated every other opposition. There will be respect but we will go there to play to win.”Shastri is a tough taskmaster but he understands his players incredibly well. The coach said he wants his boys to play a brand of cricket that reflects their desire to win. He wants them to be competitive and play with pride.So where did this sudden transition come? India were under the pump in England in 2014 and the morale was bound to be low. Shastri believes it all changed in Australia later that year when India nearly pulled off a heist in Adelaide and competed hard against Australia.Then came the tour of Sri Lanka in 2015 where India lost the first Test despite controlling it for major parts. The team has not looked back since, winning that series, then against South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka.In fact, India have now won nine successive Test series to be at level with Australia and a series win in South Africa would help Kohli’s men create a new world record for 10 successive Test series triumphs.”Our (current) brand of cricket started in Australia and then the Test match defeat in Sri Lanka opened everyone’s eyes. We sat in the dressing-room for two hours after the game and each player asked questions of himself. The rest is history. They were very honest with themselves and the boys said they would never be tentative again,” Shastri said.India have a huge challenge on their hands but Shastri, Virat Kohli and the others are ready. Both coach and captain are proud cricketers and they would want their men to play with pride, fight hard and play to win.