By Derek Smithson

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips has admitted that the running is what he is dreading most during the pre-season.

The 21-year-old has linked up with the rest of the Whites squad as they prepare for a new Championship season.

They are working under recently appointed manager Thomas Christiansen following the resignation of Garry Monk, who is now in charge at league rivals Middlesbrough.

Phillips became an important first teamer last year under Monk and made 40 appearances across all competitions.

The central midfielder has risen through the academy and will now hope to impress the new boss.

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“To be fair I like running, it’s just the though of actually doing the running, so I would say running,” Phillips said when asked his least favourite part of pre-season, as cited by the club’s official Twitter account.

Phillips is a combative midfielder and is fighting for a spot alongside teammates Ronaldo Vieira, Eunan O’Kane and Liam Bridcutt in the starting line-up.

Leeds begin their Championship season away to Bolton on the opening day of the season on 6 August.

The Yorkshire giants have announced the pre-season games they have lined up, which includes a trip to Austria to face German top-flight club Borussia Monchengladbach.

They also have friendly games against Guiseley, North Ferriby United and Oxford United to allow Christiansen a good look at his squad in action.

In other Leeds news, Andy Ritchie has delivered his verdict on the club’s promotion chances next season.

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