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  1. Meslier - United's 11th defender', published at18:30 23 July

    Felipe Saad and Illan Meslier

    Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds

    With 11 clean sheets in his first Premier League season, Illan Meslier deserves a lot of credit for Leeds United's successful return to the top flight.

    He earned his first France Under-21 cap this summer and, if the trajectory of his progress continues, the 21-year-old seems the natural successor to his country's number one Hugo Lloris.

    Former Lorient team-mate Felipe Saad told BBC Radio Leeds: "He was already strong, confident and very calm for his age. I was happy to have him behind me.

    "I see he has made huge progress. With his left foot he will find the winger on the right - this is a very difficult technical action.

    "His timing is very good when crosses come into the area. He has a very good span and in one-on-ones with forwards he can occupy a lot of space, like [Manuel] Neuer at Bayern Munich and Ederson of Manchester City.

    "All the Leeds players play one against one over the whole field - so Illan Meslier has became the 11th defender."

    Listen to more from Saad on Meslier - including how he "has the British sense of humour" - as well as his thoughts on fellow Brazilian Raphinha on BBC Sounds

  2. Leeds United's pre-season in pictures, published at14:47 23 July

    Kalvin Phillips

    Leeds start their Premier League campaign against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 14 August.

    Marcelo Bielsa's squad have returned to training and are due to play three pre-season friendlies, starting with a trip to Guiseley on Tuesday.

    See how Leeds United have been preparing for the 2021-22 season in pictures

  3. Judging Leeds' summer signings, published at16:16 22 July

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    Images from @LUFC

    With the Euros over, attention has quickly turned to the new Premier League season and what clubs are doing to strengthen their squads.

    The transfer window is open until 23:00 BST on 31 August.

    Leeds have already signed Junior Firpo and Jack Harrison for the first-team squad - but there could be plenty more business still to be done.

    But how do you rate those recruits, and how do they compare with those brought in by rivals?

    Get involved and judge all the notable Premier League signings so far

  4. Leeds seal deal for Chelsea teenager Bate, published at10:00 22 July

    Lewis Bate

    Leeds United have signed midfielder Lewis Bate on a three-year contract from Chelsea.

    Bate made 20 appearances for the Blues’ under-23s last season, as they finished runners-up in Premier League 2 Division 1.

    He also captained his side in the 2020 FA Youth Cup final and has been capped by England at U17 and U18 level.

    The fee for Bate is thought to be £1.5m plus add-ons and a sell-on clause. The 18-year old will initially join Mark Jackson’s under-23 squad at Leeds.

  5. Leeds close in on Chelsea starlet, published at17:19 21 July

    Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds United appear to have won the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bate for a fee believed to be £1.5m, plus add-ons and a sell-on clause.

    The 18-year-old England youth international, who was wanted by several Premier League rivals, is understood to have had a medical at United on Wednesday.

    Bate is expected to initially join up with Mark Jackson’s under-23 squad, along with recent signing Sean McGurk from Wigan Athletic.

    Lewis Bateimage copyrightGetty Images
  6. Leeds' pre-season schedule, published at16:11 20 July

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    Leeds United's players have returned to training as they prepare for their second season back in the Premier League.

    They are due to play Ajax in Amsterdam next month, with their full pre-season schedule as follows:

    27 July: Guiseley v Leeds United (Nethermoor Park)

    28 July: Blackburn v Leeds United (Ewood Park)

    30 July: Fleetwood v Leeds United (Highbury Stadium)

    31 July: Leeds United v Real Betis (Loughborough University)

    4 August: Ajax v Leeds United (Johan Cruyff Arena)

    Read more on what to look out for during pre-season

  7. Transfer news: Leeds consider move for Traore, published at09:25 20 July

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    Leeds are considering a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers' Spain winger Adama Traore, 25. (90 min)

    Leeds - along with Southampton and West Ham - have also shown interest in signing Manchester City's £20m-rated Venezuela midfielder Yangel Herrera, 23. (Sun)

    And Chelsea youngster Lewis Bates is attracting interest from the Whites, with the England Under-19 midfielder having just one year left on his contract. (Mail)

    Want more transfer news? Read Tuesday's full gossip column

  8. Bournemouth interested in left-back Davis, published at15:21 15 July

    AFC Bournemouth are interested in signing Leeds left-back Leif Davis on loan, reports BBC Radio Solent.

    The 21-year-old made two Premier League appearances last season.

    The Cherries are currently preparing for a second season in the Championship, after losing to Brentford in the play-off semi-finals in May.

  9. When does Premier League season start and other key questions , published at12:02 15 July

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    Euro 2020 is over and focus has switched to the new Premier League season.

    Players are back in training, new signings are settling in and clubs begin their pre-season fixtures this week.

    BBC Sport answers some key questions before the 2021-22 campaign gets under way

  10. Transfer news: Leeds compete to sign goalkeeper, published at10:17 15 July

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    Leeds United face competition from an unnamed Premier League team and a La Liga side to sign goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson, 20, from Norwegian team Valerenga. (Mirror)

    Want more transfer news? Read Thursday's full gossip column

  11. Phillips has come a long way , published at13:16 13 July

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    Had Euro 2020 taken place in its titular year, it is unlikely that Kalvin Phillips would have been in the England squad, let alone a starter in all seven matches at the tournament.

    But with three years of tutelage under Marcelo Bielsa and a crucial first year in the Premier League completed at Leeds, the 25-year-old has now established himself in Gareth Southgate's side.

    In a tweaked role from the one he fulfils at his club, Phillips brought the supreme fitness and pressing intelligence for which Bielsa's team is renowned.

    Phillips covered 83km, the second most distance in the tournament, also managing an impressive 15km in both the semi-final and the final.

    Read more: Unlikely heroes, pass masters and record breakers - best stats of Euro 2020

    A graphic showing how Kalvin Phillips had the most pressing actions of any player at Euro 2020
  12. Casilla joins Elche on loan, published at09:04 13 July

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    Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has joined La Liga side Elche CF on loan until the end of the season.

    Casilla only started three times in the Premier League in 2020-21 because of Illan Meslier's outstanding form.

    The 34-year-old Spaniard was part of the Leeds side that won promotion from the Championship in 2019-20 and has made 62 appearances for the Whites since joining in 2019.

    Before moving to Elland Road, Casilla won La Liga and the Champions League three times with Real Madrid.

  13. Ex-Leeds midfielder Bates dies, published at14:59 12 July

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    Former midfielder Mick Bates has died at the age of 73, Leeds United have announced.

    Bates made 191 appearances for the Elland Road club, mainly under Don Revie, between 1965 and 1976.

    He scored nine goals - the most famous of which came in a 2-2 draw at Juventus in the first leg of the 1971 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final, which Leeds went on to win on away goals.

    Bates played during the Whites' most successful period and won two league titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup twice.

  14. Leeds 'proud' of England's Phillips, published at10:23 12 July

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  15. Midfielder Snowdon signs professional contract, published at16:01 9 July

    Joe Snowdon signing his Leeds contract

    Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds United midfielder Joe Snowdon has signed his first professional contract at Elland Road.

    The 17-year-old former Manchester City academy player has agreed a two-year deal and is looking to step up the under-23s squad this season.

    Snowdon, who scored five goals in 16 appearances for the under-18s last season, said: "I'm so glad it has finally happened. It means everything. It's hard to put into words - it really is surreal.

    "I’m a central midfielder. I like to get forward and defend, get on the ball and dictate the game."

  16. Where did England's stars start out?, published at14:14 9 July

    They might be heading for a European Championship final, but many of England's squad started their football careers in the grassroots game, as this FA graphic shows:

    England grassroots football map showing which team members of the current squad started out at, including captain Harry Kane (Ridgeway Rovers), goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (Washington Envelopes), Jack Grealish (Highgate United) and Marcus Rashford (Fletcher Moss Rangers)image copyrightThe FA

    Which of them make your starting line-up for Sunday? Pick your side to face Italy at Wembley

  17. Teenager Hughes signs professional contract, published at12:29 9 July

    Leeds United's Alfie Hughes signs professional contract

    Leeds have announced that teenager Alfie Hughes has signed his first professional contract with the club.

    The 18-year-old has agreed a one-year-deal and will link up with the under-23 squad for the new campaign.

    Hughes, who made 21 appearances for the under-18s last season, said it was "something everyone works towards".

    “Pretty much every day my mum and dad have taken me to training, so it’s good they can be here with me for this moment," he added.

  18. Jorginho v Phillips: What do the stats show?, published at11:29 9 July

    Chelsea midfielder Jorginho was the hero of Italy after putting away the winning penalty in the Euro 2020 semi-final shootout with Spain, while Leeds' Kalvin Phillips has featured in every England game of the tournament so far, despite only getting his senior international call-up in September last year.

    But how do they match up before Sunday's final?

    Jorginho and Kalvin Phillips head-to-head stats (Jorginho stat first): Minutes played - 585, 545; Passing accuracy - 93%, 88%; Top speed (km/h) - 27.7, 30.2
  19. Transfer news: Whites target in talks with Premier League clubs, published at09:17 9 July

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    Leeds target Mikkel Damsgaard's agent is in talks with several Premier League clubs. The 21-year-old forward has been starring for Denmark at Euro 2020 and Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero says his value has increased as a result. (HITC)

    Read more transfer news in Friday's full gossip column

  20. McGurk signs for Leeds, published at11:02 8 July

    Sean McGurkimage copyrightLeeds United

    Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds United have signed Wigan Athletic attacking midfielder Sean McGurk for an undisclosed fee.

    McGurk, 18, becomes the Whites' fourth summer acquisition and arrives on a three-year deal until June 2024.

    He will join up with Mark Jackson's under-23s squad after scoring 13 goals in helping the Latics U18s to promotion last season.

    United have been chasing McGurk for a year and initially wanted to sign him last summer alongside his former Wigan team-mate Joe Gelhardt, who has had an impressive first season at Elland Road.

  21. Bogusz heading to Ibiza, published at09:11 7 July

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    Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds midfielder Mateusz Bogusz has joined Spanish second division side UD Ibiza on a season-long loan.

    It is a second spell away from Elland Road for the 19-year-old Poland youth international who has two years left on his contract and has made three appearances.

    Bogusz spent last season at fellow Spanish side UD Logroñés where he scored one goal in 24 appearances.

  22. Transfer news: Phillips has 'no desire' to leave , published at08:45 7 July

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    England midfielder Kalvin Phillips is "happy" at Leeds United and has "no desire" to leave Elland Road, according to his agent. (The i newspaper)

    Read more transfer news in Wednesday's full gossip column