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7th Jan, 2017 | 1:05pm

Danny Mills: This was the hardest player at Leeds

By Harvey Byrne

Danny Mills has named former teammate Lucas Radebe as his “hardest” co-worker while at Leeds.

The now 39-year-old former right-back was at the Yorkshire giants for five years between 1999 and 2004.

He played in the same team as Radebe for five years, who himself was part of the Elland Road side for 11 years.

Mills stated that he had a few options for the mantle of toughest team-mate in the side, but he went with centre-back Radebe.

“Toughest? There’s quite a few,” started Mills speaking to the official Leeds website. “When you go through it, obviously Batts (David Batty) was a tough cookie, Alan Smith again, but I have to say probably the hardest of them all has to be the chief.

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“Lucas was just incredible, his knees were shot to pieces and his back wasn’t great he was 175 years old. You thought the guy could hardly walk and then he’d go out and train, be absolutely magnificent and never complained. He just kicked people, smiled, got kicked, smiled and that was the chief.”

Mills left Leeds on a free transfer to Manchester City after the club suffered relegation the Championship in 2004.

The famous side have never made it back to the top flight and have even dropped down to the English third tier for three years.

However, Garry Monk has currently got the side positioned in fifth place in the Championship table and on a good run which could see them eventually win promotion.

The Yorkshire giants will take on League Two side Cambridge in the FA Cup third round next on Monday before facing Steve McClaren’s Derby side at Elland Road four days later.

The league fixture will be one that they will be keen to win with the Rams in seventh place and five points behind Leeds.

In other Leeds news, the club is closing in on a deal for this Spaniard.