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Patrick Bamford: We wanted to finish on a high

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Patrick Bamford: We wanted to finish on a high

As the Premier League season came to a close, Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford talked to the media.

West Bromwich Albion were defeated 3-1 at Elland Road, giving the Whites their fourth straight win.

Bamford expressed his delight with the result, commented on the campaign, and described what it was like to play in front of the fans once again.

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“It was good, we wanted to finish on a high,” said Bamford.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful to the opposition, but they’re a bit down in the dumps and I think we capitalised on that throughout the whole game.

“There was a little bit of sloppiness at the end from us which gave them a goal, but apart from that it was a good performance.

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“Everyone went out there and enjoyed it with it being the last game of the season and we wanted to put on a display for the fans.

“I know there were only 8,000, but it was a great noise and it’s going to be great when everyone is back in.

“As a team we couldn’t have really asked for more, what we have done in our first year back in the Premier League it really is quite special.

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“That’s testament to the boys and the coaching staff, everybody has put so much work in, so we’ll have a well-deserved break.

“We’re getting better and better the more we work under Marcelo and whilst it is hard and very demanding, the boys love him, everyone is so appreciative of what he has done for us and the team.”

Bamford also mentioned Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi, who said their goodbyes in the match.

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He said: “Pablo is a fantastic footballer and most of the players would say he is one of the best we have played with.

“Berardi, honestly, he is the person you need.

“I said when we got promoted that he is the one who keeps the squad together, he was injured and sometimes he wasn’t playing, yet he was never down.

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“You can get players who spit their dummy out and make the changing room a little bit unhappy, but he was fantastic and kept the boys together.

“The way he is around the group, he deserves everything he gets.”

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Player wants Leeds exit to join club with money to spend – report

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Player wants Leeds exit to join club with money to spend - report
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According to BILD, Crysensio Summerville wants to join Hamburg SV, but Marcelo Bielsa prefers the winger to continue at Leeds United.

Hamburg have the funds to invest on new players this month, according to the German media, and Summerville, 20, has signaled to club officials that he would be interested in a loan move to the 2.Bundesliga team.

However, it is claimed that Bielsa is hesitant to loan Summerville out owing to Leeds’ injury problems.

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Leeds’ injury issue has hopefully reached its apex, thus we don’t see why Bielsa can’t allow Summerville’s loan request.

Summerville has made eight appearances for the first team this campaign, but has been left out of Bielsa’s last two Premier League matchday rosters.

Bielsa has a lot of wingers, so loaning Summerville out may be the ideal choice in the long run. The fans don’t want a situation where the Dutchman stays at Elland Road and then doesn’t play for the rest of the campaign.

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He will be dissatisfied, thus we believe Bielsa would be prudent to enable Summerville to sign for Hamburg on loan.

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Marcelo Bielsa makes Raphinha transfer admission as contract talks continue

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Raphinha, the Brazilian winger, is reportedly linked to a Liverpool move, and it’s expected given how brilliant his performance at Leeds has been. But even with interest from the Reds’ and perhaps other clubs to sign him, the Whites are hopefully confident they can keep the 25-year old.

Leeds United sporting director, Victor Orta, has been in talks with the winger’s agent for some time, and things seem to be going well, as LeedsLive reports that a deal to retain him is possible.

Leeds manager, Bielsa, termed the talks “a great decision”, which shows he doesn’t want to lose Raphinha, whose contract at Leeds ends in two years. Additionally, Bielsa believes that the Brazilian is the best in his squad in every sense. “Raphinha is the best player in the team in all senses…physically,…technically…very wise,” he praised.

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Citing the player’s country, his great EPL display, and the eyes on him worldwide, Bielsa thinks discussions to have Raphinha stay with the Whites is the best decision the club could have made. “…the decision of the club can only be valued, “he reasoned.

The winger helped his side’s victory against in-form West Ham over the weekend and is set to play for Brazil in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

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Marcelo Bielsa has some bad news for the fans

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Marcelo Bielsa made an announcement on Joe Gelhardt at his pre-match press conference, and it’s not good news.

Indeed, Bielsa claims that the young talent hurt himself in training and will be sidelined for the next three weeks due to an ankle ailment.

Normally, an injury to a youngster isn’t a big issue, but you’d be hard pushed to find a 19-year-old who has had as much of an effect as Gelhardt has in recent times.

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“As it has been habitually this season, the players are injuring themselves in the same position. To the injury of Bamford and Rodrigo, we add the injury to Tyler Roberts and Gelhardt, who injured his ankle in training yesterday. He’s going to be absent for three weeks. Tyler Roberts similar amount of time,” Marcelo Bielsa said.

Gelhardt’s injury isn’t good for Leeds, but the fact that Patrick Bamford has returned to fitness makes things a lot simpler.

In this campaign, Leeds United have dealt with a slew of injuries, particularly at the forward position.

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Bamford has missed several games this season, but the 28-year-old is expected to be back just as Gelhardt has been injured.

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