Leeds United star Raphinha has doubled his transfer position and believes he has everything he needs under Marcelo Bielsa.
The winger has garnered a lot of attention for his performances over the past 18 months. But despite the likes of Liverpool and PSG appreciating him, Raphinha has openly spoken of his desire to stay in Elland Road.
He previously mentioned that he hopes to play Champions League football with the Whites.
Today, the 24-year-old reaffirmed that he sees his future with the club that recruited him from Stades Rennais, and not with a big European team.
When asked by TNZT Radio Leeds if he could achieve his career ambitions with Leeds, he replied emphatically: “Without a doubt.”
Raphinha then continued: “When you bring together players with a real and strong desire to win with the manager, the technical staff, the fans who love the club, you create a wonderful atmosphere in the stadium and on the training ground.
“Marcelo Bielsa demands a lot from us. We know that. We are used to it. We listen to him.
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“It helps us to develop and evolve as players, as professionals. We listen to him and we play his style of football.
“It was football that put us together, that caught our attention in the Premier League. Made us stand out in the Premier League and made Leeds a Premier League team.
Although Raphinha gave Leeds fans hope through his comments, it is especially true in football that actions speak louder than words.
It is only when he drafts a new contract that the white faithful can breathe a sigh of relief. His current contract expires in the summer of 2024.
AC Milan is the last club to be in the mix for the Brazilian international. His performances during recent international breaks have strengthened his fan base.
Raphinha’s warnings start to pile up
Former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell has already warned Raphinha of a move to Anfield.
And now Rio Ferdinand has also wondered if that would be a wise move for him.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “The only problem I can think of with something like Raphinha going to Liverpool is just where is he going to play? He’s not going to start.
“So £ 60million not to start is a huge cost. And for him as a player I’m sure he will have more options. It’s a great club, don’t get me wrong, going to fight on all fronts to win things.
“This question will not receive a positive answer for him: will I start a lot of matches? If Salah stays and signs a new contract, it puts a damper on his ability to play.
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