Man Utd target Kalvin Phillips would "love" to play alongside Ronaldinho

Manchester United transfer target Kalvin Phillips has revealed the one player he would love to play alongside is Brazil legend Ronaldinho.

Phillips, 26, became a national sensation when he featured in all seven of England’s games during their run to the Euro 2020 final this summer.

The Leeds United midfielder has become one of the Premier League’s top midfield performers under the tutelage of Marcelo Bielsa, which has generated reported interest from Man United.

But when asked who he would play with any player from the past or present, Phillips picked 2002 World Cup winning hero Ronaldinho over any current player in the sport.

Speaking to McDonald’s Fun Football, Phillips said: “I think it would have to be Ronaldinho. He was an exceptional player.

“But mainly I would want to play alongside him is because every time he stepped out onto the pitch, he enjoyed himself.

“He smiled, he had a laugh and he loved to showboat as well – which, I have to say, I can’t do.”

Phillips went on to add that the stand-out moment of his career so far was being called up for the England national team in August 2020.

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He explained: “It was unbelievable. I can remember getting the call and I was ecstatic.

“As soon as I put the phone down I screamed at the top of my voice while I was on the way to training in my car.”

However, the Leeds star recently had to withdraw from the England squad ahead of the international break due to a calf strain he sustained in the victory over Watford on Saturday.

While he will miss both matches for Gareth Southgate’s side, his injury is not deemed serious and Leeds are hopeful of his return in time for the next game against Southampton on October 16.

  • Kalvin Phillips is calling on families to take part in McDonald’s FREE Fun Football sessions this autumn. Find your nearest centre at: mcdonalds.co.uk/football

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