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The crack of England who returned 119 days later

Last Saturday a long-awaited moment arrived for Leeds: 119 days later, Kalvin Phillips, emblem of the Elland Road team, a key player in the English team that was runner-up in Europe and who The Times newspaper assured that he is on the radar of Real Madrid. PSG, West Ham, Liverpool, and Manchester United are other clubs that now or in the last summer market were interested in the midfielder, who has been out since December due to a thigh injury.

The absence of Kalvin Phillips, partner of Declan Rice in England’s double pivot in the last European Championship, was key in the crisis of results that ended up causing the dismissal of Marcelo Bielsa. The midfielder, who was considered an extension of the Argentine coach on the pitch, was injured on December 5.

The footballer from whom Bielsa made a starter for the English team reappeared on Saturday when he came on in the 66th minute for his teammate Mateusz Klich in the 66th minute of the match between Leeds and the ‘Saints’, which ended 1-1. Jack Harrison had put the Elland Road side ahead (29′) and James Ward-Prowse leveled for Southampton (49′).

Leeds is currently 16th in the Premier table, 48 points from the relegation zone. The Elland Road club dismissed Bielsa on February 27 and appointed Jesse Marsch as its new manager.

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