‘Physically, he’s the best’: Bielsa says one Leeds player is really shining in the PL
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'Physically, he's the best': Bielsa says one Leeds player is really shining in the PL

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Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa heaped praise on Raphinha in his press conference yesterday ahead of his side’s game against West Ham United in the Premier League.

The Brazilian only joined the Whites 18 months ago, but he has become a real star in England.

Raphinha’s pace, dribbling and directness has made him one of the most dangerous players in the Premier League. He is almost unstoppable when he’s in full flow and that has caught the attention of a number of top clubs across Europe.

Bielsa is wary of other teams’ interest in Raphinha, who he feels is the best player at Leeds United by a distance.

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Marcelo Bielsa: Raphinha is the best player at Leeds United

The Whites boss said yesterday, as per Leeds Live: “Raphinha’s the best player in the team in all the senses.

“Physically, he’s the best. Technically, he’s at the level of the best. His interpretation of the game is very wise.

“Within the group of such a powerful nation as Brazil, he shines in the PL and he has the attention of all the big clubs in the world. All of those things are something you guys know as well. Nothing new.

“As a result, the decision of the club (to try and extend his contract) can only be valued.”

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Leeds have a number of talented players in their squad, but Bielsa’s right, Raphinha is the best.

The Brazilian, still only 25, is already among the best players in the Premier League. He is improving every time he plays as well and it won’t surprise anyone if he takes his game to a whole new level in the coming months.

Leeds fans would love nothing more than to see Raphinha extend his contract. His current deal runs until the summer of 2024, which is a fair distance away, but the sooner he’s tied down, the better it is for the club.

It will be interesting to see if Raphinha will stay at Leeds beyond the end of the summer transfer window. A lot of clubs are likely to attempt a move, but if the Brazilian decides to stay, Leeds’ chances of success will increase considerably.

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