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.

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.

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