Raphinha comments on Leeds’ future in the middle of Liverpool and Manchester United’s transfer connections

Raphinha watches during Leeds' Premier League clash with Everton

Raphinha is rumored to be a target for Liverpool and Manchester United (Photo: Getty)

Leeds star Raphinha has distanced himself from rumors that he may be set to leave the club this winter, and insists he can ‘no doubt’ realize his high ambitions by staying on Elland Road.

Raphinha has established himself as one of the most exciting attacking players in the Premier League since replacing Rennes with Leeds back in October 2020, scoring six goals and nine assists in an excellent debut season.

The 24-year-old winger has progressed where he left off during this period – with five nets in his first ten appearances of the campaign – and his performances have reportedly made him a target for a wide range of Europe’s elite teams.

Liverpool, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund have all been credited with strong interest in recent weeks, and there have been growing fears at Leeds that Raphinha could get his head turned ahead of the January transfer window.

But it looks like the Brazilian national team player – who is tied to a contract at Leeds until 2024 – has no intention of forcing himself out and remains confident he can achieve what he wants with the West Yorkshire giants.

Asked if it is possible to achieve his personal goals in Leeds, Raphinha told BBC Radio Leeds: ‘Without a doubt.

‘When you gather players with a real, strong desire to win together with the manager, the coaching staff, fans who love the club, you create a wonderful atmosphere at the stadium and on the training ground.

‘Marcelo Bielsa demands a lot of us. We know it. We’re used to it. We’re listening to him. He helps us develop and develop us as players, as professionals.

‘We listen to him and we play his football style. It is the football that has set 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. ‘

Raphinha watches during Leeds' Premier League clash with Leicester

The Brazilian has scored five goals for Leeds this season (Photo: Getty)

He added: ‘Leeds should never have left the Premier League.

‘When you take it with the fans who love the club, these fans deserve to be in the Premier League and us as players, the least we can do is repay that love from the fans and get the results the team and the fans deserve.’

Raphinha and Neymar look ahead to Brazil's clash with Colombia

Raphinha made his Brazil debut earlier this year (Photo: Getty)

Liverpool are believed to be leading the race for Raphinha’s signature, but Rio Ferdinand feels the Brazilian could struggle to break into Jurgen Klopp’s start XI if he completes a switch to Merseyside.

‘The only problem I think with something like Raphinha going to Liverpool is just where he’s going to play? He is not going to start, the former United and England defender said on his YouTube channel Vibe with Five.

‘So £ 60 million for not starting is a big, big fee. And for him as a player, I’m sure he will have more options.

‘It’s a great club, do not get me wrong, who’s going to fight on all fronts to win things.

‘That question will not be answered in a positive way for him: will I start many matches?

‘Whose [Mohamed] Salah stays and signs a new contract, it puts a damper on his ability to play. ‘

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