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The Leeds United players have sent a moving tribute to Kalvin Phillips’ grandmother, who passed away last week.
The whites posted a picture on their official Twitter account where all the players were seen holding the jersey with ‘Granny Val’ written on it.
– Leeds United (@LUFC) February 23, 2021
Patrick Bamford said after the game that Granny Val is a huge part of the club. The forward has dedicated the victory to Phillips and his family.
🗣 “Granny Val is a big part of the club, many people have come to love her without knowing her. That was for Kalvin and his family.”
Patrick Bamford speaking about Leeds United’s tribute to Kalvin’s grandmother ‘Granny Val’ full time pic.twitter.com/nJXYnvgGmp
– Daily football (@footballdaily) February 23, 2021
Marcelo Bielsa has also sent a heartfelt tribute at his post-match press conference. He said, quoted by Leeds Live:
“For us, Phillips is a player that we love very much. It is an emblem of Leeds United. After we were promoted, the figure of Kalvin’s grandmother became known to the public and we began to care about her.
“Kalvin, as you said, had many reasons why he loved her so much. She was a very charismatic and attractive person for those who did not know her. We deeply regret that she is no longer with us. And, of course, the loss it means to Kalvin and his entire family. “
Leeds were back on the winning track and placed 10th in the Premier League after beating Southampton 3-0 at Elland Road.
Bamford, Stuart Dallas and Raphinha scored for the locals to seal all three points. It has been a remarkable season for the Whites, who are now just five points behind reigning champions Liverpool.