Raphinha: Liverpool like Leeds attacker, says agent and ex-Chelsea star Deco


Leeds winger Raphinha is admired by Liverpool, his agent the previous Barcelona and Chelsea star Deco has stated, however the participant stays completely satisfied at Elland Street.

Raphinha has impressed since becoming a member of from Stade Rennais in 2020 and was lately referred to as as much as the Brazil squad for video games towards Venezuela, Colombia and Uruguay – their opponents within the early hours of Friday morning.

Deco insists his shopper has “actually stood out within the Premier League” and believes he’ll go on to play for the world’s prime golf equipment, however the 24-year-old nonetheless has three years left on his contract in Yorkshire.

“There are actually many golf equipment desirous about him,” Deco advised Globo in Brazil. “Liverpool do like him and there have been some approaches, however nothing official. Leeds wished to maintain him for one more season.

“Raphinha is completely satisfied at Leeds, however there will definitely come a time when he desires to take a step up in his profession and transfer ahead. He has three years left on his contract, however there’s nothing in it that states how lengthy he should keep for or that forestalls transfers.

“Leeds are conscious of that and can wish to promote him for a giant sum, whereas Raphinha will find yourself progressing in his profession.

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Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa says Patrick Bamford stays out injured however Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha might nonetheless play towards Southampton on Saturday.

“There is a marketplace for Raphinha and Leeds have very excessive expectations. There’s by no means been a rush when it comes to the undertaking.

“He is bold to play at the next stage, regardless of Leeds being within the Premier League, nevertheless it’s not the proper time (to speak about that) and that is not what he is centered on. Issues will take their course naturally.”

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has nonetheless not dominated Raphinha out of Saturday’s Premier League recreation at Southampton – a 3pm kick-off – regardless of his involvement with Brazil.

“There isn’t a doubt that it is a brief turnaround,” Bielsa stated. “The choices he has to take part within the recreation on Saturday rely on whether or not he performs this last recreation, what number of minutes he performs, how he finishes the sport after collaborating in it and the way environment friendly his relaxation within the subsequent 36 hours is.

“Contemplating {that a} third of these hours he’ll spend on a flight and if there may be any danger that fatigue might trigger accidents, then we can’t danger it. There are such a lot of features to think about that I am unable to give you any certainty both means.”



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