Jermaine Beckford has told Sky Sports – as quoted by Leeds Live – as urging his old club to sit down at the negotiating table and thrash out a new contract for in-form star Raphinha, amid some reports that he is being linked with a summer exit from Leeds.
Raphinha, 24, has had a hand in 10 goals during his 20 Premier League games this season. The Brazilian netted his fifth of the season during Tuesday night’s win over Southampton, while he has also laid on five assists for the Whites.
It has been an excellent first season at the club following a late move from French club Rennes last summer. His form has seen his name linked with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and even some reports suggest Barcelona are interested.
Beckford wants Leeds to act first. The Leeds legend is desperate to see Raphinha, who is reportedly earning £28,000 a week (TMW), to be handed a new deal that includes improved terms – in order to stave off interest from other clubs.
“What I would do now, is I’d tie him down on a new contract. If I was Marcelo Bielsa or Radrizzani, I’d say, ‘Listen, what a great start to your campaign. Come into the office, I need to have a word with you. Call your agent, by the way.’”
TBR’s view – Beckford is bang on, Leeds must move quickly
But when it comes to contracts, Leeds have not been particularly quick in the past. Kemar Roofe was sold by the club, after he entered the final year of his contract – though Leeds might have preferred to keep him after being top scorer in 2018-19.
Current top scorer Patrick Bamford has entered the final 18 months of his current deal, while Gjanni Alioski’s deal expires this summer. Tyler Roberts, like Bamford, will also see his deal expire in the summer of 2022, but there might be an extension.
Leeds need to end that trend, and get Raphinha penned on a new deal.