Kemar Roofe has spoken of his continuing affinity towards Leeds United, admitting to talkSPORT that he still watches the Whites every week to see how they’re doing.
However, the 27-year-old insists he has no regrets about his decision to leave Elland Road.
Roofe left Leeds last summer to join Belgian side Anderlecht after Marcelo Bielsa’s side saw their season end at the Championship playoff semi-final stage.
The forward, who sealed a £7million move, has scored seven goals and registered three assists in 16 games in all competitions this term.
At Leeds, meanwhile, Roofe claimed 33 goals and 14 assists in 122 games for the Whites, and was top goalscorer at Elland Road last season with 15 Championship goals.
With football across most of Europe at a standstill due to the global health crisis, Roofe took the time to reflect upon his time at Leeds.
“For me, all the teams I’ve played at, I’ve still got a piece of them in my heart,” Roofe told talkSPORT. “They all mean something to me, especially Leeds.
“They are a massive club and I still have a lot of friends there. I still watch them every week and see how they are doing.
“The most important thing is to stay safe and stay at home and take all the correct steps to not get the virus and not spread it.
“It’s more important than football. Hopefully the season will continue again soon and Leeds will be promoted.”
When asked if he had any regrets over leaving Leeds and moving to Anderlecht, Roofe replied: “No regrets. For me it’s always a new challenge to be able to play.
“You don’t always get the chance to play abroad in a different country for a different team and in a different competition.
“The thought of being able to play in Europe – the Champions League and Europa League – is on my list of dream things to do. I think that was a real ambition of mine.”
It’s been a bittersweet campaign for Roofe on a personal level, registering an impressive goal ratio when fit, but having missed out half of his new side’s games due to injury.
Nonetheless, it’s always nice to see former players speak out and show their love for a club even though they’ve left.
While Leeds boss Bielsa hasn’t exactly managed to adequately replace Roofe, the Whites are still flying high in the league and look on course for promotion – depending, of course, on what decision is taken regarding the top tiers of English football in wake of the current situation.