Here are 10 players that left their boyhood club following Kalvin Phillips’ move to Man City.
Leeds United fans were dealt a blow today as their star man Kalvin Phillips joined Manchester City for around £45 million.
The midfielder has been pivotal to the Whites’ success in recent years and a move from his boyhood club will be heartbreaking for both the player and his supporters.
While a majority of the United fanbase have the back of their Leeds-born hero, many are criticial of the move and his ‘loyalty’ - a situation that has been seen many times in the Premier League.
London clubs are all too familiar with the disappointment of players leaving a club they have grown up supporting and we have decided to rewind to some of these dramatic moves.
Following Phillips’ controversial transfer, we have taken a look at players that have left their boyhood clubs in the past and how they did afterwards - including former stars in the English capital...
1. Gary Lineker - Leicester City
Lineker joined his boyhood club in 1976 and made his senior debut two years later. The striker was the Foxes’ top scorer for four seasons in a row before he joined defending league champions Everton in 1985. Lineker went on to play for Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur and won the World Cup Golden Boot, the FWA Footballer of the Year (x2) and was a runner-up in the 1986 Ballon d’Or.
2. Sol Campbell - Tottenham Hotspur
Campbell’s departure from Tottenham is one of the most famous, when he left White Hart Lane after 12 years to join their fierce rivals Arsenal. The defender was hated by his former fans but went onto win two Premier League trophies with the Gunners.
3. Frank Lampard - West Ham United
Lampard was a West Ham fan before joining their academy in 1994 and went onto make almost 200 appearances at Upton Park. However, the midfielder often received stick from the West Ham fanbase and his departure in 2001 was a very sour one. Lampard went onto became one of the best midfielders in Premier League history and won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League with Chelsea.
4. Joe Cole - West Ham United
After spending 13 years with West Ham at the start of Cole’s career, the former England international joined Chelsea for £6.6m after he rejected a new contract with his boyhood club. Cole won three Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Chelsea and rejoined the Hammers 10 years after his departure.