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  1. Bon Jovi shows his true colours, published at12:38

    Andrea Radrizzani tweet showing Jon Bon Jovi, with the caption: "That badge... looks so shining on you. Well done. See you at Elland Road next season."

    Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has shared a photo of rock star Jon Bon Jovi sporting a United training top - with a hint the American could be planning a trip to Elland Road next season.

    Bon Jovi has already struck up a relationship via social media with striker Patrick Bamford after sending him a motivational message last year.

  2. Captain Cooper fit to face Burnley, published at09:49

    Leeds captain Liam Cooperimage copyrightGetty Images

    Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds

    Marcelo Bielsa has been speaking before his side's Premier League trip to Burnley on Saturday. The key lines from the Leeds boss:

    - Captain Liam Cooper and winger Crysencio Summerville are available. With Rodrigo, Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips all fit, Bielsa prefers to think of it as having more options to choose from than a selection headache.

    - Adam Forshaw, Helder Costa and Joe Gelhardt remain sidelined. Costa's back injury will not see him ruled out for pre-season.

    - Bielsa gave credit to Burnley manager Sean Dyche for having "a completely defined and very developed style".

    - He also praised Manchester City's title win, saying "they were the best of the best" and added that the draw and the win his side managed against the champions meant "we value the production of the team in these two games".

    Listen to the translated Bielsa news conference on BBC Sounds

  3. I could partner Phillips in midfield - Koch, published at08:41

    Kalvin Phillips and Robin Koch tackle Sheffield United's David McGoldrickimage copyrightGetty Images

    Robin Koch says he and England international Kalvin Phillips could play together in Leeds' midfield - though his "preferred" position is centre-back.

    The 24-year-old German has filled in for Phillips in defensive midfield for the past two games, having made 11 starts in central defence earlier this season before being injured.

    But with Phillips fit again after a knee problem, could they partner each other?

    "Normally you have to ask the gaffer that question," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

    "Kalvin is a little bit more offensive, with me a little bit more defensive - so, yes, I can imagine playing with Kalvin in the midfield."

    Listen to the full interview with Koch on BBC Sounds

  4. Burnley v Leeds: Bielsa set to face the media, published at07:59

    Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds

    Turf Moor is the next stop for Leeds to face a Burnley side who condemned Fulham to relegation and guaranteed their own safety on Monday.

    Marcelo Bielsa, who has his pre-match news conference later, has a squad almost at full strength, especially if captain Liam Cooper is available after a gluteus injury.

    After the superb victory over Spurs, coupled with a good showing from the bench from Rodrigo, Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, does this make it one of his hardest selections?

    Burnley's obvious threat is ex-Whites forward Chris Wood, who's on course to be their top scorer for a fourth campaign in a row. What about him impresses Bielsa and what challenges will the Clarets pose an ever-improving United defence?

    The Leeds boss is often asked about Pep Guardiola, but in the week that Manchester City won a third title under him - after being 10th in November - it would be interesting to hear how significant an achievement in coaching terms the Argentine thinks that is.

    Follow updates from Bielsa and the other Premier League managers in Thursday's live page

    Who should start against Burnley? Pick and share your Leeds team now

  5. Leeds transfer news: Bielsa back in for Brazilian forward?, published at07:10

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    Leeds are said to have renewed their interest in young Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha at Hertha Berlin.

    The versatile 21-year-old, who has made 27 appearances for the German club this season, was on Marcelo Bielsa's radar in January but United are expected to make another approach this summer. (Sport Bild via Leeds Live)

    Get more transfer news in Thursday's full gossip column

  6. 'England v Germany would be a great final', published at17:36 12 May

    Robin Koch is "confident" he will play for Germany at this summer's European Championship - and hopes to meet England in the final.

    Koch, 24, has seven caps for his country but was not in Joachim Low's most recent squad after only returning in March from an injury picked up in December.

    "I missed the past three games for the national team. I'm fully fit now and I'm confident of being with the squad," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

    "Hopefully we meet England in the final."

    And what did he say to Leeds team-mate Ezgjan Alioski after North Macedonia stunned Germany in a World Cup qualifier in March?

    "I was saying: 'If I'd been playing this game then they wouldn't have won this game," he joked.

    Watch: 'It would be a special moment'

    Hear much more from Koch, including on the influence of his father, Harry - a German title-winner with Kaiserslautern in 1998 - on BBC Sounds

    Robin Koch
  7. 'I can only have international preference when I get called up', published at16:30 12 May

    Leeds defender Pascal Struijk blocks a pass from Tottenham's Giovani lo Celsoimage copyrightGetty Images

    Leeds United's Pascal Struijk says he "would be honoured" to represent either the Netherlands or Belgium.

    He was born in Belgium but moved to the Netherlands as a young child and has played for the Dutch at under-17 level - though has yet to earn a senior cap.

    It was reported in March that the 21-year-old, who has featured in both defence and midfield for Leeds, wanted more time to consider his international future.

    And on Tuesday, he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf: "'I can only have a preference when I get called up.

    "It's about what's best for my career - in the long term rather than the short term. Both countries have their strong suits.

    "I can be used in several positions and in several systems."

  8. A trip across the Pennines , published at13:25 12 May

    Leeds continue their quest for a top-half finish when they visit Burnley in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off. It's the 60th league meeting between the sides.

    Leeds have won 30 of the previous 59 league meetings with Burnley, who have 18 victories

    - Burnley could win four consecutive home league matches against Leeds for the first time.

    - However, Leeds are vying to earn an unprecedented fourth straight top-flight victory in this fixture.

    - Leeds won the reverse fixture 1-0 in December and are looking to complete their first league double over Burnley since the 2011-12 Championship season.

  9. Spotlight on Leeds' Germany international Koch, published at09:59 12 May

    Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds

    It's Leeds United's Robin Koch who's on media duties later.

    I'll be asking the 24-year-old German how well he thinks he's filled in for Kalvin Phillips in front of the back four and what he believes his best role in the team is. Can they play together in midfield, or will he compete for a place in defence?

    With the Euros looming, how does he rate his chances of making the Germany squad after being out injured, who does he think will succeed departing boss Joachim Low and what are England's hopes of glory?

    And what was the conversation like with Whites team-mate Ezgjan Alioski after his North Macedonia side stunned the four-time world champions in Qatar 2022 qualifying in March?

    Look out for more here later and the full interview will be available on BBC Sounds.

  10. Leeds transfer news: Douglas set for Elland Road exit?, published at07:04 12 May

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    Leeds left-back Barry Douglas is expected to leave Elland Road when his contract expires this summer. The 31-year-old has spent most of the season on loan at Blackburn Rovers, making 30 league appearances for the Championship club. (Leeds Live)

    Meanwhile, the Whites and Southampton are interested in signing England international Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has spent the season on loan at West Brom from Arsenal. The 23-year-old can play in central midfield or at right-back. (Mail)

    Read more transfer news in Wednesday's full gossip column

  11. Burnley v Leeds: Who makes your Whites team?, published at17:56 11 May

    Leeds team selector graphic for Burnley away

    After one of their best displays of the season against Tottenham, Leeds are back on the road this weekend with a trip to Burnley.

    Substitute Rodrigo was back among the goals at Elland Road on Saturday, and Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips returned from injury off the bench - but would you make any changes to a starting line-up that performed so well again against a 'big six' side?

    Captain Liam Cooper is waiting for a return to the defence - should that be against the Clarets, who guaranteed their safety with a win over Fulham on Monday?

    It's time to put yourself in Marcelo Bielsa's shoes. Pick and share your team for Burnley now

  12. 'You can't go from Leeds to Manchester United!', published at15:51 11 May

    Eric Cantona is mobbed by Leeds United fans after their home game against Norwich City on 2 May 1992image copyrightGetty Images

    Some 29 years ago, Eric Cantona was celebrating Leeds United becoming champions of England just four months after his arrival from Nimes.

    Seven months later - on 26 November 1992 - he made a £1.2m move to fierce rivals Manchester United, who the Whites had pipped to the final First Division title but who then became the dominant Premier League force.

    We all remember a time when a transfer was announced and we gasped.

    Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards discussed the Premier League transfers that prompted the most shock on the Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.

    "You can't go from Leeds to Manchester United! Cantona was a proper player. I watched him when I was growing up and he was fantastic," said Richards.

    "When you are growing up, you want to see a bit of personality and that is what I liked most."

    Shearer added: "I don't think anyone could have predicted what Cantona would bring to Manchester United - the arrogance, the swagger, the ability. If you are going to have that arrogance, you've got to have the ability - and he did. He took it to a different level with not caring about anyone else."

    Check out the other transfers on the list and rank them yourself

    Listen to how they made their selections on BBC Sounds

  13. 'Leeds United changed my life', published at12:03 11 May

    Ezgjan Alioski celebrating a Leeds goalimage copyrightGetty Images

    Leeds left-back Ezgjan Alioski says playing at Elland Road under Marcelo Bielsa has changed him "as a football player and as a person".

    The 29-year-old, who is out of contract this summer, has been linked with a move away from United.

    But in an interview with Fifa.com, the North Macedonia international says being at the club has "changed my life".

    "I’m calmer, more experienced and more mature now, and that’s thanks to what I’ve learned here," he said.

    "I can also say that about Bielsa as a coach after three years together. He’s changed my whole outlook on life and improved me so much as a player."

    North Macedonia will play in the European Championship for the first time this summer, while they also beat Germany in World Cup qualifying.

    But it isn't yet clear whether Alioski will return to Leeds after the Euros.

    "The Premier League has been a great experience for us so far, and I want to finish as high as possible because I really believe we’ve built a strong and very special team here," he added.

  14. Leeds close to finalising Bamford's future, published at09:56 11 May

    Patrick Bamford playing for Leeds Unitedimage copyrightGetty Images

    Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds United are confident top scorer Patrick Bamford, 27, will remain at the club beyond the end of his original contract in the summer of 2022.

    According to the FA, his registration was updated at some point in the year between 1 February 2020 and 1 February 2021. This generally relates to a new agreement - but not exclusively so - for a player who is already at a club.

    Specific details about the transaction, involving his father Russell and the Stellar Group agency, remain private - but with Bamford telling BBC Radio Leeds last week his dream is to play in the Champions League with the Whites, it is expected the club will confirm a new deal with him in the close season.

  15. Leeds transfer news: Bamford contract extension?, published at07:14 11 May

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    Leeds have secretly extended striker Patrick Bamford's contract to try to ward off interest from other clubs, including Liverpool. (Star)

    The 27-year-old, who has scored 15 goals so far on United's return to the Premier League, had his FA registration updated last summer and has extended his deal beyond 2022. (The Athletic - subscription required)

    Get all of Tuesday's transfer news in the full gossip column

  16. In pictures: Leeds 3-1 Tottenham, published at18:24 10 May

    Stuart Dallas scores for Leeds United against Tottenhamimage copyrightGetty Images
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    Stuart Dallas scores Leeds' opening goal

    Patrick Bamford and Ezgjan Alioski celebrate a goal against Tottenhamimage copyrightGetty Images
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    Patrick Bamford celebrates with Ezgjan Alioski after putting United back in front against Ryan Mason's side

    Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa remonstrating with the assistant refereeimage copyrightGetty Images
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    Marcelo Bielsa remonstrates with the assistant referee

    Rodrigo and Patrick Bamfordimage copyrightGetty Images
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    Rodrigo replaces Bamford as a second-half substitute

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    Robin Koch celebrates with Dallas, Raphinha and Rodrigo after the third goal wrapped up victory

  17. 'Many fans know the horses by name', published at15:07 10 May

    West Yorkshire Police Mounted Section outside Elland Road

    Katherine Hannah, BBC Radio Leeds

    As fans get ready to return to football grounds after more than a year away, West Yorkshire Police Mounted Section are also preparing again for duty outside Elland Road.

    "We have sorely missed the atmosphere and excitement of matchdays over the last year and can’t wait get back to normality," PC Jen Johnson told BBC Radio Leeds.

    "We are a familiar sight with the faithful Leeds supporters, many of whom know the horses by name."

    Police horses have been seen at Leeds home games for many years, and on Saturday they were again on display outside the ground before the Tottenham match to raise awareness of equine health and mental health charities.

    "The horses understand their role on matchdays and have always performed flawlessly (touch wood)," PC Johnson added.

    "They are rarely fazed by the thousands of fans attending or the increased noise levels on matchdays."

    Sergeant Paul Hawkins, supervisor of the Mounted Section, says the horses are trained over two years and exposed to a host of experiences.

    "At the very top end is really somewhere like Elland Road on a Saturday afternoon with up to 40,000 people there," he said.

    "It seems like a long time ago, but hopefully in the not too distant future we will see days like that again."

    Hear more from West Yorkshire Police about their work from 49'35 on BBC Sounds

    West Yorkshire Police Mounted Section outside Elland Road
  18. Bright future for French goalkeeping?, published at13:00 10 May

    Leeds' Illan Meslier and Tottenham's Hugo Lloris embrace after their match
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    Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier shared an image of the moment he was embraced by his opposite number and fellow Frenchman Hugo Lloris after the 3-1 win over Spurs

  19. Leeds keep out the 'big six', published at11:17 10 May

    - Saturday's win over Tottenham means Leeds became the first side to remain unbeaten at home in the Premier League against each of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham in a season since West Ham in 2015-16.

    - They are only the third newly promoted side to boast that record, after Ipswich Town in 2000-01 and Birmingham City in 2009-10.

    - Leeds have scored three or more goals in a game eight times this season.

    - Patrick Bamford became the fourth Englishman to score 15-plus goals for Leeds in a Premier League campaign after Lee Chapman (15 in 1992-93), Rod Wallace (17 in 1993-94) and Michael Bridges (19 in 1999-00).

    - Bamford has had a hand 22 Premier League goals this season (15 goals, seven assists). Only one Englishman has been involved in more - Harry Kane, 34.

    Premier League table showing Leeds United in 10th
  20. Scorer Dallas shines against Spurs, published at08:59 10 May

    Stuart Dallas Player Rater graphic

    Leeds United maintained their run of results against the Premier League's 'big six' sides, with a convincing 3-1 win over Tottenham at Elland Road.

    Stuart Dallas scored United's first - his eighth league goal of the season - and was your top pick in our Player Rater.

    Dallas is the first Northern Ireland player to score as many as eight Premier League goals in a single season since Chris Brunt in 2008-09.

    Check out all the player ratings from Saturday's match

  21. Bielsa ball's bouncebackability, published at08:00 10 May

    Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds

    Marcelo Bielsa stuck with the line-up rocked at Brighton and, for me, they produced the best performance of the season.

    Bielsa referred to the Amex humbling as "unexpected" but so was the outstanding collective response of the same starting eleven against Spurs.

    Despite brilliant individual showings - especially from Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski - it was impossible to pick out a clear man of the match.

    Significantly, Patrick Bamford ended his five-game drought in front of England manager Gareth Southgate. Afterwards, United's top scorer played down his chances of sneaking a place at the Euros as a wildcard.

    "You need to do more than score goals to get into the England squad," he said - on the weekend he took his tally to 15.

    Bielsa put the result into context as one of the finest, "considering the fortitude of the opposition".

    Spurs were made to feel uncomfortable on an afternoon which afforded cameo roles for Raphinha and Rodrigo, who combined devastatingly for the final goal, as well as Kalvin Phillips. A turbo-charged trio of substitutions helping Leeds to dominate a traditional top six side - none of which have won at Elland Road this season.

    Read the full report from Saturday's match

    Leeds v Tottenham match stats