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Former Leeds United youngster Elliot Kebbie discusses leaving the club for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid

The now 21-year-old will be in action for Salford City against Notts County in the FA Cup tonight.

Leeds United have a fantastic reputation for producing top young talent. The first-team at the moment contains the likes of Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor and Kalvin Phillips - all top young talents with bright futures ahead of them.

Of course not all of Leeds' talented youngsters decide to stick around.

Elliot Kebbie is a local lad who first joined up with the Whites aged seven. He was a wonderkid in the club's youth system destined for the first-team when he made a huge decision and headed to Spain. After a trial with Barcelona he joined Atletico Madrid.

Speaking about the move to the Daily Mail today Kebbie, who was a contemporary of Byram and Taylor at Leeds, has stated how he enjoyed his learning curve in Spain but also stated his love for Leeds:

"I loved it at Leeds and was influenced massively to leave by my agent.

"But at Barcelona I felt at home - even at 16. The first week I was a little bit starstruck, but if you think about it too much you won't perform. You've got to believe in yourself. I always did and I always will.'

"My FIFA clearance took ages to come through but it was all about developing anyway and mixing with Falcao, Diego, Tiago - incredible players.

"Now that was surreal - being coached by Simeone. A pinch yourself moment."

Kebbie's career was soon derailed by a serious illness but he is now making his way back from the bottom. He is with Salford City FC, who are famously owned by the Manchester United 'Class of '92'.

He signed for the club in the summer and has impressed this season. Tonight he will be hoping to take Salford to victory against Notts County in a historic FA Cup tie at Moor Lane.

Leeds fans will likely watch on hopeful that Kebbie can highlight the promise that earned him a first under-18s appearance with the club aged just 14.

Who knows? If he continues to thrive in his recovery, Leeds might welcome Kebbie back to Elland Road one day.

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