By Mark Smith

28th Aug, 2020 | 4:35pm

Sam Greenwood singles out one Leeds player as motivation after 'special' move

New Leeds United signing Sam Greenwood has admitted that he looks up to players such as Kalvin Phillips at Elland Road.

Greenwood sealed his switch to West Yorkshire from Arsenal on Friday, with Leeds set to pay up to £3million for the 18-year-old.

Phillips made history at the Whites on Tuesday, becoming the first Leeds player to represent the Three Lions since 2004.

Greenwood admitted that Thorp Arch is one of the best places for younger players to progress forward in modern-day football.

“For me, it seems like it has such a good pathway for young players to come through,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It is such an exciting manager and the fans are special.

“I look up to players like Kalvin Phillips all the time – he has broken into the England squad and it is a very proud moment for him and I am sure he will be over the moon with that and something I would love to do in the future.”

There is a real hype surrounding Greenwood after his move to Elland Road.

Andrea Radrizzani took to his personal Twitter account after the move was confirmed, claiming that it was another “great addition” to the academy.

The 18-year-old has scored 20 goals in 15 appearances in England’s under 17s and 18s and joins the talented duo of Joseph Gelhardt and Charlie Allen coming through the doors this summer.

Leeds have pumped money into their academy this summer, and the signing of Greenwood is another sign that they are going into the Premier League 2 with their eyes on the prize.

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