Raphinha opens up on Liverpool, Man Utd transfer links

Date published: Wednesday 26th May 2021 4:32 - Will Ford

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Leeds winger Raphinha has opened up on transfer speculation linking him with Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Brazilian has shone for Leeds this season after his £17million move from Rennes in the summer.

His six goals and nine assists are said to have caught the attention of both Liverpool and United, clubs within which the 24-year-old has good friends.

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“It is difficult to define how I feel when I hear speculation about giant teams like Liverpool and Manchester United interested in signing me,” Raphinha told UOL Esporte (via YEP).

“I grew up watching these teams on television. I saw Rooney, Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, but I also saw Gerrard, as well as others like Henry, Deco, Lampard.

“There are many players of such quality that it is difficult to say if I have mirrored one of them. I think I mirrored the championship, you know?

“I loved watching and dreamed of playing here. And today I’m making people happy with my football.

“I am not only talking about the other clubs, but also Leeds, who was the one who bet on me.

“They are all very happy, including the fans who seem to have a great affection for me.

“I have a contract for another four years and I don’t even think about leaving here exactly because of that: I’m happy and making others happy.”

Opening up on his connections within both the Manchester United and Liverpool camps, Raphinha said: “It’s funny that I have friends in both clubs.

Bruno Fernandes played with me for a year that seemed like many more at Sporting. He became almost an older brother. We talk every day, but no football, just our antics. Even from a distance, it helps me a lot.

“At Manchester United there’s Alex Telles and Fred, who’s from the south too.

“But in Liverpool there is Alisson who is from the south too, so everything stays the same. There is still Fabinho, who is from the same as Firmino and I.

“In fact, did you know that Firmino was the first guy who texted me when I came here? He’s a great friend.”


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