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Ian Wright told Football Focus on BBC One how ‘it’s ridiculous’ that Kalvin Phillips used to carry on playing with his mates in the park after he signed his pro contract with Leeds.

The former Premier League striker told the rising Leeds star that he used to do the same thing when he was at Crystal Palace.

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Dubbed the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’, Phillips is the prince of Leeds and, with Marcelo Bielsa on the Elland Road throne, the world is the Englishman’s oyster.

Nonetheless, Phillips shared how he carried on playing with his mates after penning his first contract with Leeds, which made life even tougher for him. 

“Even when I signed my contract with Leeds,” said Phillips. “My friends would go out and kick the ball and I would still go and play with them.”

Wright responded by saying: “It’s really weird. It was the same thing when I was at Palace with the first team. 

“I would still go to the park and play. It’s like you cannot stop yourself. It’s ridiculous. Imagine if you got injured. If anyone went near you did everyone say ‘don’t tackle him’.”

Phillips responded: “No, to be fair, around here it’s quite rough. You used to play against a lot of older people and if they see you doing well, they kind of want to get stuck into you. It was just how it is.” 

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Phillips will be hoping to work his magic tonight as Leeds take on under-performing and injury-hit, Liverpool, in Yorkshire. 

It’s only a matter of time before Manchester City wrap up the Premier League title and take the red ribbons off the trophy.

And if Bielsa’s men, who claimed all three points at the Etihad last week, can pull off another victory then it will only quicken proceedings over in Manchester.

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