Leeds United’s hopes of retaining the services of Raphinha beyond the end of this season appear to have been handed a welcome boost.
That’s after the winger revealed that he is confident he can achieve the aims he has set himself in his career, while playing at Elland Road.
Ever since joining Leeds from Rennes on the final day of the 2020 summer transfer window, Raphinha has been a rather talismanic figure for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The Brazilian has scored 11 goals and provided nine assists in 41 appearances in all competitions for the Whites, proving a key part in their success in the Premier League.
That has not surprisingly attracted links with a number of Europe’s top clubs, with AC Milan the latest to be linked with the 24-year-old earlier this week.
Now however, it seems as though Raphinha could potentially knock back interest from those clubs, because he feels he does not need to leave Leeds to do what he wants in his career.
Asked in an interview with BBC Radio Leeds whether he feels he can achieve his career goals with Leeds United, the winger said: “Without a doubt.
“When you bring together players with a real, strong, winning desire together with the manager, the coaching staff, fans who love the club, you create a wonderful atmosphere in the stadium and at the training ground.
“Marcelo Bielsa demands a lot of us. We know that. We’re used to it. We listen to him. He helps us develop and evolve as players, as professionals.
“We listen to him and we play his style of football. That’s the football that has put us, that has given us attention in the Premier League, made us stand out in the Premier League and made Leeds a Premier League team.”
This will no doubt be music to the ears to those of a Leeds United persuasion.
Raphinha has been an absolutely key figure for the club in the past couple of seasons, and keeping him looks crucial to any progress the club are to make.
The fact that he is also backing Leeds to deliver what he wants in his career shows his belief and loyalty to the club, something that will surely only make Leeds supporters appreciate him even more.
In the wake of these comments, it would also be interesting to know just what Raphinha’s ambitions are, given there is no doubt he is good enough to win trophies in his career.