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'He texts us': Bamford shares what Kalvin Phillips has messaged in Leeds United's WhatsApp group before their last two games
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'He texts us': Bamford shares what Kalvin Phillips has messaged in Leeds United's WhatsApp group before their last two games

Patrick Bamford has shared what former Leeds United player Kalvin Phillips has been saying in the team’s WhatsApp group.

In an interview on the Official Leeds United Podcast, Bamford was posed questions on a range of topics.

One of the players Bamford was asked about was former teammate Kalvin Phillips, who joined Manchester City this summer.

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Leeds’ number nine shared that Phillips is still in contact with the squad, and wished them good luck ahead of both of their Premier League matches this season: “He’s still in! I don’t mind it too much, it’s not the first-team information group. Rather than him knowing everything that is going on.

“He texts us on the group before the game saying good luck and stuff, before the first two games. I still speak to him quite a bit privately.

“Maybe some fans will be disappointed he’s gone, but I think you’d find it hard to begrudge him.”

Phillips is still in Leeds WhatsApp group

It’s no surprise to Leeds fans that Phillips still has a lot of affection for his boyhood club.

Phillips has previously said he’ll be upset when he’s finally kicked out of the WhatsApp group, and the Whites squad will have to make sure they give nothing important away to the midfielder.

Phillips has yet to start a game for his new club, and will be looking forward to arriving back at Elland Road on Boxing Day.

It’s the first game back for both sides after the World Cup, and with Phillips likely to be a part of Gareth Southgate’s squad, he could return to a hero’s welcome if England manage to go one better than they did last summer in the European Championships.

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Even if England don’t bring football home, Phillips will still be hoping Leeds fans give him the appreciation his 234 appearances deserve.

Meanwhile, his former teammate and good friend Patrick Bamford will be hoping to repay some of the faith Jesse Marsch has shown in him after last season’s injury woes.

Even though he was taken off as a precaution against Southampton, Marsch believes the striker ‘looks strong’ this season, and is ready to explode this season.

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