Kalvin Phillips' emotional Leeds United exit caught on camera as ex-Whites man reveals TV deal

Former Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has revealed a documentary crew has been following him over the past few months

Thursday, 4th August 2022, 4:30 pm

Leeds United bid farewell to local hero and boyhood supporter Kalvin Phillips this summer as the England international joined Manchester City.

The £42 million transfer saw Phillips end his 12-year association with the club, moving on to sign for the Premier League champions.

The 26-year-old has shared details of his move across the Pennines, including an emotional goodbye with teammates at Thorp Arch.

Kalvin Phillips during his final appearance for Leeds United away to Brentford on the final day of last season (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking to British fashion magazine GQ, Phillips revealed a film crew has been documenting his life over the past couple of months, which covers the period in which his Leeds exit was confirmed.

"I'm working on an Amazon documentary, we’ve been working together for the last two months or so and it has been good. As soon as they came to me and said that they wanted to do it, I was like, ‘Yeah, I want to inspire a lot of people and young children,’” the England man said.

“It's [the documentary] not all about football, it's about how I am as a person and family life and everything outside of football."

Phillips was a poster-boy for Leeds’ own Amazon documentary ‘Take Us Home’ during the club’s 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, featuring regularly in scenes which quickly became fan favourites with mum Lindsay and grandmother Val.

The affable midfielder stressed the importance of his family’s advice while making the switch to Pep Guardiola’s side and the support he has received from Leeds fans throughout the process."It might show a lot of young kids that no matter what you look like or where you are from or how hard your childhood's been, it's how hard you work and what you can achieve when you work so hard.

"I always try to keep my family close whenever I'm making any decision in football. And I think the first time I told them about Manchester City, most of my family members didn't believe me.

"When it came to life, my mum, brothers and sisters were like, "It's something that you need to do – you need to test yourself and it's something that you need to try and achieve. You need to try and win trophies, but also become a better player."

“As soon as they said that, it was eye-opening,” Phillips added.“The players and staff at Leeds and the fans have all accepted it really well. The Leeds fans have been amazing, as they have been my whole career. They're my family, they understand it a lot more than other people do.”

The England midfielder will return to Elland Road on Boxing Day when United host Manchester City in the Premier League.