Erling Haaland shows Leeds United affection with moving gift and message to former Whites star

CLASS ACT Erling Haaland has stayed close to his Leeds United roots by sending a former Whites star a touching message on a signed shirt.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 2:32 pm

Borussia Dortmund striking sensation Erling was born in Leeds back in July 2000 after his Norwegian dad Alf-Inge had just ended three years at the Whites when signing for Manchester City.

The family moved back to Norway when Erling was a small child but the duo's affinity for Leeds lives on and 20-year-old Erling has sent a signed shirt to former United skipper Dom Matteo.

Matteo underwent successful surgery on a brain tumour in November 2019 and the 47-year-old former centre back continues his recovery now with regular medication and scans.

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Taking to his Instagram and Twitter page on Wednesday, Matteo shared the news that he had been sent a signed shirt by posting pictures of himself holding up the yellow jersey and commenting: "Such a nice surprise from the Royal Mail postie this morning!

"Thanks so much Erling Haaland and Alf-Inge Haaland for your love and support - means the world boys."

A message written on the back of a shirt signed by the pair read: "To Dom, stay strong!"

CLASS ACT: Leeds-born Borussia Dortmund and Norwegian international striker Erling Haaland. Photo by INA FASSBENDER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

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Thank you Laura Collins