Raphinha ‘really happy’ at Leeds despite Liverpool rumours
Liverpool target Raphinha has revealed he is ‘really happy’ at current club Leeds United.
The winger has been a revelation at Elland Road this season after joining from Rennes in October.
He’s scored five goals and contributed five assists to help Leeds reach 11th in the Premier League.
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His exciting performances have attracted interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, most notably Liverpool.
They’re rumoured to be tracking his progress ahead of a potential move this summer.
When asked about his time at Leeds, Raphinha told the club’s official website: “I’m really happy and so satisfied to be a part of this club.
“The way I was embraced, the way I was treated on arrival here means I am really happy now.
“Today, I’m really well settled into the city and the club. I thank everybody for their affection. They contributed to this.”
If the Brazilian continues his impressive form then he could be in line for Leeds’ player of the year award.
He will have to fight off competition from Patrick Bamford, with the striker scoring 13 league goals already this term.
Liverpool scouts have reportedly lined up Raphinha as a future placement for either Sadio Mane or Mo Salah.
They think he has the attributes to become a star at the top level.
But Raphinha doesn’t seem to be in any rush to leave and is contracted at Elland Road until June 2024.
Leeds won’t be forced into selling, either.
The Yorkshire side continue to receive financial backing from NFL side San Francisco 49ers, allowing them to pursue their top targets.
Leeds have also avoided relegation this season which will improve their finances further.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side face West Ham in their next match on Monday.
The Whites will be looking to return to form after a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa last time out.