Raphinha has said he is delighted to be at Leeds United in a video uploaded on the club’s official website, amid reports that the Brazilian winger is attracting interest from the current Premier League champions, Liverpool.
Raphinha, 23, has starred for Leeds in just his first season at the club – following his summer move from French outfit Rennes. In 21 Premier League appearances for the club, has produced 10 goal involvements – scoring five himself and creating five more.
That form has not gone unnoticed. The Mirror claim Liverpool are interested in signing the former Sporting Lisbon star in the summer window, but the report also stated that he was happy at Leeds – befriending Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford.
Now, Raphinha has told Leeds in a video posted on Friday that he is more than happy at Elland Road – and that he is delighted to have received so much love since joining the club. He also made it clear that he is settled at the club, and in the city of Leeds.
“I’m really happy and satisfied to be part of this club. When I found out Leeds were interested in me, the way they accepted and embraced me on arrival, means I’m very happy now. I’m really settled in the club and the city. I thank everyone for their love.”
TBR’s view – Raphinha needs to stay at Leeds this summer
While his form has been sensational, so much so that he has been nominated for the Premier League’s POTM award for February, he must remain grounded. He is still in his first year in the Premier League, and is still young.
Clearly, Raphinha is probably not going to be at Leeds for the rest of his career. His ambitions are likely to grow quicker than Leeds can cope with – but for at least next season, he should remain at Elland Road.
It will see him continue to be first choice at Leeds, get regular game time and even potentially help Leeds gain a place in Europe. He must stay, rather than going to a Liverpool side where he would be back-up – and struggle to play regularly.