Patrick Bamford has been chatting with PA about Kalvin Phillips and Leeds, where he made a surprise admission.
Before he made his 45-million move to the Etihad Stadium, the 7-m striker admitted that all the Leeds squad were pushing the England international to join Manchester City.
Bamford said: No one can begrudge him for going. I think we were all, as were, pushing him, because he deserves it and it is his time.
Given Phillips' immense ability, this is a bit surprising to us.
Patrick Bamford's comments on Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha following their departure from Leeds this summer. States they 'deserve' the opportunities at Manchester City and Barcelona (via PA).
It just goes to demonstrate what a great teammate the 26-year-old was for those in Yorkshire.
Phillips deserved the respect of his teammates to the point where they were urging him to take a significant leap forward in his career, despite the fact that it would jeopardize their own hopes for the 2022/23 season.
Bamford has final say.
Phillips fought tirelessly for Leeds throughout his 232 games for the Whites, and was always the model professional during his time at Elland Road.
If anyone deserves to be awarded trophies and playing in the Champions League, it is him.
Jesse Marsch has responded positively to Phillips' departure, according to our opinion.
Marc Roca and Tyler Adams' arrival should provide Leeds with plenty of punch in the midfield, while the pair are both excellent passers of the ball.
Phillips excelled in both areas, so it is evident that Victor Orta and his recruiters went the extra mile to find players who would complement the ones they brought to the side.
Only time will tell how they perform in the Premier League, but based on the results from the pre-season so far, Roca and Adams will perform admirably in England's top-flight.