Jesse Marsch has told Thursday’s press conference – as per Leeds’ YouTube – that Manchester City star Erling Haaland text the Leeds United boss after the release of the fixtures, telling him he most-excited about December 28’s clash.

Haaland, 22 joined Manchester City in the summer and has been on fire ever since. Playing 18 times in all competitions, he has scored 23 goals. But of course, Leeds fans have a special connection to Haaland – mostly, through his father.

Alf Inge Haaland played for Leeds during his playing career and while at Elland Road, his son was born. Erling. Now, Erling is playing for another of his Father’s old clubs and will take on Leeds on December 28. Leeds-born, Erling.

Not only that, but he will be reuniting with his Salzburg manager, Marsch. The Leeds boss, speaking in a presser on Thursday said that Haaland had text him after the release of the fixtures – looking forward to his trip at Elland Road.

“Erling text me as soon as the schedule came out. He said he is most-excited for Boxing Day (game has changed to 28th). I gave him permission to have a small hamstring injury. He’s born here, his father, he has the club in his heart.”

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Manchester City star Haaland text Leeds boss Marsch ahead of ER clash

How can Leeds stop him? It seems very unlikely that Leeds are going to have any chance of stopping the City star. Liam Cooper has a calf problem and while he is expected to be back, Haaland will back himself to still get the better of him.

But as Leeds fans, it is nice to know that potentially the best player in the world is a Leeds fan – and born around the corner from Elland Road. If Leeds can stop him like Brentford did before the World Cup break, it would be a shock.

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