Former Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe is back in the UK because of the Coronavirus and he was talking on the Jim White Show on Friday morning (talkSPORT, 11am).
Roofe left Leeds in the summer, joining Anderlecht under Vincent Kompany for a fee of £5.4m.
White asked him if he had any regrets about the move and Roofe said that Leeds was still in his heart and that he hoped the season would resume and that his former club would get promoted.
He also commented on the news that Andrea Radrizzani had held talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic about a move to Leeds in January.
“No, no regrets,” Roofe said. “For me, it’s always about a new challenge. You won’t always get the chance to play abroad, different club, different competitions.”
Asked if he still keeps in touch with Leeds Roofe said, “Yes, I still talk to them and the staff. The timing for Anderlecht isn’t great but it’s not good for Leeds either.”
White then asked about Ibrahimovic and Roofe said, “That’s the ambition the owner’s got for Leeds and that’s why we’re doing so well, and have been for the past couple of years.
“His ambition is high and it trickles down into the players.”
White said, “I see you’re still saying we?”
“Yes, they’re still in my heart… I’ve got a lot of friends there, staff, I still follow them every week.”
Asked to give a message to Leeds fans he said, “The most important thing is to stay safe and to take all the correct steps not to spread the virus, that’s the most important thing. Hopefully, the season will continue again and Leeds will get promoted.”
This is brilliant from Roofe. He’s still got a lot of fans at Leeds and we love the fact that he’s still in touch with players and staff. And that he says “we” when talking about the club.
Roofe has had a stop-start 19/20 season. He missed the first six games through injury and picked up another injury in the winter break keeping him out of the last eight games.
In between, he’s scored six goals in 13 games and there are plenty of Leeds fans who wish he’d never left.
He was top-scorer last season with 14 goals in the Championship and one in the play-offs.
We could have done with him too, after struggling for back-up for Patrick Bamford this season.
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