Patrick Bamford has revealed that Illan Meslier has told him Ousmane Dembele is a “massive” Leeds United fan – prompting a message from the Barcelona star.
Leeds have earned a few admirers since their return to the Premier League. Their exciting style of play has impressed many neutrals, and now another famous face has emerged as a supporter of Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Barcelona forward Dembele is the man in question, with Bamford making the revelation on the Leeds United podcast.
The winger is part of the same international setup as Meslier with France, even though the Leeds man plays for the under-21s and his compatriot plays for the senior team.
The pair have been in contact, though, to ensure Bamford’s shirt ended up in Dembele’s possession.
Bamford revealed of his conversation with Meslier: “After the Fulham game he said, ‘I need your shirt please’. I said, ‘yeah, that’s fine, who for?’ He said, ‘Dembele, the guy from Barcelona.
“I was like, ‘what, he wants my shirt?’ and he was like, ‘yeah, he wants yours and Kalvin’s shirts because he’s a massive fan of Leeds and watches every game’.
“I was like, ‘you serious?’ and I said, ‘okay, but you’ve got to get me his shirt then in return’. So he FaceTimed me at midnight the other day and showed me this Barcelona shirt that says ‘to my bro Bamford, from Dembele’.”
Bamford praises Meslier
Putting him in contact with a player at one of the world’s biggest clubs is not the only reason Bamford has a good relationship with Meslier.
The striker believes his teammate has been in “unreal” form recently and shared what he is like on the training groung.
“He’s actually unreal,” he said. “He’s so funny as well because he’s really down to earth.
“But when he’s taking the p***, he’ll pretend he’s really big time and just pretend that he’s too big time to take shots against in goal, just winding people up.”