Leeds ace Kalvin Phillips praises West Ham ace Declan Rice ahead of Premier League clash this afternoon.

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The Leeds midfielder is set to go head-to-head with the Hammers ace at Elland Road this afternoon.

Phillips and Rice formed a brilliant partnership for England during the Euros this summer.

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They will be on opposing teams today, however. And whoever wins that battle in the middle of the park will have a huge bearing on the outcome of the game.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Kalvin Phillips praises West Ham ace Declan Rice

The 25-year-old Whites star warned his teammates about the threat posed by Rice.

Phillips told Leeds’ official website:

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“It’s going to be fun, it will be a battle,” Phillips stated, ahead of the match. It will be nice to see him as well, I haven’t seen him for a few weeks now. I don’t think we’ve missed each other too much, but it will be a good game!  We know West Ham are doing very well this year and we want to get our first win, so we are looking forward to playing against each other. We still message each other now and again to see how things are going so it will be good to see him. We will have to try and stop him from playing, which will be a very difficult job.”

Both players are hugely important to their respective teams. And it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top at Elland Road today.

West Ham beat Leeds away from home and at the London Stadium last season.

More of the same today please boys.

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And if Rice wins the battle against Phillips in the middle of the park, there will surely only be one winner.

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