Raphinha declares Leeds love as Patrick Bamford earns maiden England call up

Here are the latest Leeds United evening headlines on Thursday, August 26.

‘I’m so happy here’

Raphinha’s latest Leeds United comments will reassure and send happiness through the fan base, as he confessed his love and delight at being a United player.

The Brazilian saw his name touted with a move away from Elland Road earlier this summer but he never rose to the speculation and his latest comments have confirmed his future with the club, short-term at least.

Already adored by the fans, he was given the number 10 to wear for the upcoming season, joining an illustrious list of players such as Norman Hunter and Peter Lorimer.

His latest interview will come as a great relief to United fans and be greeted with great delight.

“I’m so happy here. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms: Marcelo, the owner, the players, the staff, the fans,” he told The Players Tribune.

“A friend of mine sent me the song. I couldn’t understand all of it, but to get my own song really is a dream.”

‘My target is the first team’

Charlie Cresswell has signed a contract extension with United.

The Under-23s captain has made one first-team appearance in his career coming in the penalty0shootout defeat to Hull City last season.

He won the Premier League 2 Division Two title with Mark Jackson’s side last season, he was on the bench for the 3-0 win over Crewe in midweek.

But yesterday he signed a four-year deal at Elland Road.

And he has first-team football firmly in his sights.

“It was great feeling winning the league with the Under-23s last season and now we’ve been promoted we want to go again this season,” he told Leeds’ official website.

“There are lots of players I look up to in the first team like Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling, they lead by example and that is what I want to try and follow.

“My targets for the next few years are to try and get into the first team eventually, but in this moment I have to push every day to the best of my ability and hopefully that takes me somewhere.”

Bamford earns England call up

Patrick Bamford has been called up to the England squad for the first time and joins Kalvin Phillips for the forthcoming international break.

It is the first time Leeds United will have two players in a Three Lions squad since March 2004 and caps what has been a stellar 12 months for the Elland Road number nine.

The calls for him to make it into Gareth Southgate’s initial Euro 2020 squad were deafening in the final weeks of last season, when he added the last of his 17 Premier League goals.

Harry Kane was the only Englishman to score more than Bamford in the top flight last term and the latter played for one of only three newly-promoted sides in the division.

Beren Cross has the full story.

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