'I'm more excited than fans' - Raphinha on his Elland Road wait for supporters and quick Leeds United adaptation

The Whites winger is yet to kick a ball in front of fans at Elland Road.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 2:29 pm

Leeds United winger Raphinha says he cannot wait to experience a full Elland Road stadium.

The Whites wide man joined Marcelo Bielsa's squad last summer from French outfit Stade Rennes for £17m and is yet to meet his new fan base in person.

United supporters have been locked out of stadiums since last March amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and have had to make do with social media to show their appreciation.

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Leeds United winger Raphinha. Pic: Getty

Raphinha has made an impressive start to life in England since his move from Ligue 1, becoming an influential part of the Leeds attack in the top flight.

The Brazilian has scored five goals and bagged five assists in 18 Premier League starts this term with his flair and style of playing seeing him quickly become a fan favourite.

The 24-year-old has admitted that he can't wait to meet his adoring public in West Yorkshire, once restrictions are lifted and stands in LS11 can be filled again.

"To tell you the truth, I think I'm more excited than the fans about getting together," Raphinha told LUTV about finally seeing a full Elland Road.

"As I've said before, before coming to the club I really looked at the history. The affection I've received from the fans over social media has been great, so I'm really looking forward to actually feeling that affection in person with a full stadium from the fans.

"I really can't wait and hope it can happen as soon as possible."

Raphinha also reflected on his quick adjustment to life with Leeds, paying tribute to the Whites squad for making him feel so welcome.

"All I can say to my teammates, is just really thank them for the affection they've shown me," Raphinha added.

"None of this would have been possible without them. They've helped me adapt. If I'm playing my best football now, it's thanks to them.

"It's thanks to them, the coaching staff and the manager. So yes, thank you to all of them. They made me feel really comfortable and at ease and helped me with the adaptation.

"I'm grateful to them."