Here are this morning’s latest Leeds United headlines on Friday, July 23.
Terry’s message to Lewis Bate
Leeds United completed their fifth signing of the summer on Thursday when they sealed the signing of England youth international Lewis Bate from Chelsea.
The 18-year-old signed for an undisclosed fee believed to be £1.5million and put pen to paper on a three-year deal, following Junior Firpo, Jack Harrison, Amari Miller and Sean McGurk in through the door at Elland Road.
Bate ended a ten-year spell with Chelsea and issued an emotional farewell message on Instagram saying his farewells.
“10 years ago I walked through the doors at Cobham for the first time. Since then the players and staff I have worked with over the year have helped me become the player and person I am today.
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“However, I now believe it is time to move onto a new chapter in my career. I would like to thank everyone at Chelsea, and will forever be grateful for what they have done for me!”
One of the many replies came from former Chelsea skipper John Terry, who is now assistant manager at Aston Villa.
‘Good luck mate,’ wrote the former England captain, with former Chelsea youth coach and Leeds midfielder Jody Morris posting ‘Good luck lad’ and the likes of Billy Gilmour, Danny Drinkwater and Aaron Ramsey all among those also replying.
Leeds U23s best line-up
Leeds United added another highly-rated young player to their ranks on Thursday, as England youth international Lewis Bate was snapped up from Chelsea.
He joins Amari Miller and Sean McGurk in arriving this summer, following a strong round of recruitment for at under-23s level last season.
Mark Jackson’s side swept to the Premier League 2 Division Two title last season and look to have a squad capable of going toe-to-toe with the country’s biggest and best academies when they take part in the competition’s top tier this season.
But what does Jackson’s strongest side look like? There are a few tough decisions to be made and we’ve had a look here.
Olympic players to watch
The 2020 Olympic Games opening ceremony takes place this lunchtime in Tokyo, with the men’s and women’s football already having kicked off.
Ex-Leeds striker Chris Wood is representing New Zealand as one of the country’s three permitted over-age players, while Team GB are not competing in the men’s event.
The competition is predominantly an U23 one, which means Victor Orta and his staff will have a keen eye trained on the tournament.
However, nations are allowed to call up three players over the age of 23. Due to the COVID-19-enforced postponement last year, players aged 24 are permitted this summer in a one-off call.
Here are five players at the 2020 Olympics Leeds United might want to keep an eye on.
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