Wednesday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending …
RB LEIPZIG: Leipzig have ruled out selling Naby Keita to Liverpool during the winter transfer window. “We want to qualify for Europe again, and we need Naby for that,” sporting director Ralf Rangnick told Leipziger Volkszeitung.
– Keita has appealed against a penalty order for submitting a fake driver’s licence, a Leipzig court spokesman tells ESPN FC.
WEST HAM: David Moyes has succeeded Slaven Bilic as the club’s new manager, on an initial six-month contract lasting until the end of the season.
– Former West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa has taken a swipe at Slaven Bilic, saying the Hammers’ decision to sack him was “better late then never.”
– Moyes is a on a run of failure and West Ham fans are unconvinced by his appointment. He finds himself at a club struggling with its identity, writes John Brewin.
FIFA: A video referee will be used in England’s friendly with Germany on Friday night, the FA has confirmed.
MAN UNITED: Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are close to returning for Manchester United, according to manager Jose Mourinho.
– Benevento are one game away from breaking Manchester United’s record of 12 consecutive league defeats from the start of a season after Sunday’s loss at Juventus.
ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are facing a barrage of criticism from club legends after seemingly falling out the Premier League title race with Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Manchester City.
BAYERN MUNICH: Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has said he will take the ideas of Lothar Matthaus on board when signing new players.
SPAIN: The Spain shirt that will be used in next summer’s World Cup has sparked controversy after being linked to the country’s Republican flag of the 1930s.
UNITED STATES: Josh Sargent, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams are among five young uncapped players who have been called into the 21-man United States squad that will face Portugal in a friendly in Leiria on Nov. 14.
MLS: The group seeking to bring an MLS expansion team to the city of Nashville scored a major victory Tuesday night, as the city’s Metro Council approved a $275 million stadium project by a vote of 31-6 with two abstentions.
– LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers announced his retirement on Tuesday after missing the entire 2017 season through injury.
– Los Angeles FC head coach Bob Bradley has been impressed with what Atlanta United has achieved this season as a new MLS franchise, but is adamant the Chicago Fire’s feat of capturing the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup in their debut season in 1998 still takes some beating.
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