Leeds United centre-back Robin Koch has outlined his relief that Raphinha has not asked him about the Bundesliga, as links to Bayern Munich emerged.
The Whites have a host of extremely talented players in their ranks right now and they’re attracting all sorts of attention from outside of Elland Road.
Raphinha’s eight goals this season have him as one of the best wingers in the league, and he’s bound to be subject to transfer offers.
One of the worst early Christmas presents came for Leeds fans seeing Bayern Munich reportedly agreeing a deal to sign the winger for £50million on Christmas Eve.
That deal has since been rubbished by multiple outlets, with reports now revealing that the only deal he’s edging towards signing is a contract extension at Leeds.
He’s yet to pent hat deal and this sort of speculation will continue to mount as he stars in the Premier League and for Brazil.
However, teammate and Germany international Robin Koch has faith that he won’t be going anywhere, especially to Bayern.
Speaking to BILD, Koch was quizzed on whether Raphinha is keen to learn about the Bundesliga, and had this to say:
“Fortunately not yet, so that’s probably a good sign.
“He’s important for our team. I am happy he didn’t that he didn’t ask me about the Bundesliga, so I hope he will stay at Leeds.
“He’s a player who has enormous quality and who, especially with his Brazilian style, can simply make a difference going forwards.
“Yes, he can make the difference going forward because he’s good 1-on-1 and is fast, but he also works well against the ball.”
I don’t think a move to Bayern makes any sense now for him and for the club, given that he’s going to be battling for a place along with Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, and recent contract renewer Kingsley Coman.
I can’t deny that I don’t see Raphinha staying here for years to come, but this rumour was one that never really looked likely.
We would be nice to think he’s going to be here forever, and also to resist the serious offers that are likely to come our way too.
It’s good to know that he’s fully focused on playing for Leeds and not letting talk like this get in his way.