Erling Haaland asked Kalvin Phillips if he wanted to sing Marching On Together with him for their Manchester City initiation song, Phillips’ mum has told BBC Radio Leeds.
Leeds fans take great pride in the fact that one of the world’s most exciting talents is a supporter of the Whites.
Haaland once claimed that his dream was to win the Premier League with Leeds. Meanwhile, he made a point of swapping shirts with Stuart Dallas after Norway faced Northern Ireland in an international fixture.
The striker was obviously born in the city after his dad played for the club. And he was not the only Leeds supporter to join the Cityzens in the summer.
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Phillips left Elland Road after an amazing spell with the Whites. He came through the academy and fought his way to becoming the most important player in a side which took the Premier League by storm under Marcelo Bielsa. His exploits also earned him a chance in the England squad.
His affection for Leeds is abundantly clear. But every now and then, we get these little nuggets which prove that Leeds is also Haaland’s first love.
And it turns out that the 22-year-old was keen to recognise their mutual love for Leeds during the early stages of their spells at the Etihad Stadium – as revealed by Phillips’ mum, Lindsay.
“They both support Leeds, don’t they. They’re both Leeds fans. Erling’s a really big Leeds fan,” she told BBC Radio Leeds.
“They do an initiation song when they first join a new team. I think Erling said to our Kalvin: ‘shall we do Marching On Together’.”
It seems a pipe dream to hope for Haaland to play for Leeds at some stage. Certainly, a lot needs to change in the football world before that becomes anything other than unthinkable.
The prospect of getting Phillips back seems more likely. He is 26 and it is going to be much tougher for him to become a first-team regular at the Etihad Stadium.
Hopefully, Phillips has a brilliant spell with City. But it is moments like this which leave us dreaming of the idea of both men playing for Leeds at some stage in the future.