Leeds United star Raphinha has already given transfer verdict amid Man Utd and Barcelona exit links

A look at what Raphinha has said about his future amid Leeds United’s survival and the ongoing transfer links between the winger and the likes of Man Utd and Barcelona.

Monday, 23rd May 2022, 6:42 pm

Leeds United star Raphinha continues to be linked with a move away from Elland Road.

The Brazilian has been excellent for the Whites this season, netting 11 and assisting three, and the last of those goals was crucial.

Raphinha scored the first of Leeds’ two goals at Brentford on Sunday as the Whites secured Premier League safety on the final day, beating Brentford.

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The winger has proved a superb signing for Leeds, who snapped him up for around £17million back in 2020.

But they now face losing him, albeit at a significant profit, with talk of both Manchester Unitd and Barcelona chasing the 25-year-old.

Even after Sunday’s events - which saw Raphinha celebrate his goal and survival passionately - there has already been talk of Barcelona having an offer rejected.

The lure of Barcelona is likely to be significant for Raphinha, but he has shown loyalty with previous comments.

He said back in February when quizzed over his future: “I’ve got a contract until 2024, my head is totally here and focused on Leeds. As for contractual matters, I leave them to my agent and my dad.

“I just focus on playing my football and making the Leeds fans happy, scoring goals, providing assists, and getting victories for the team.

“Contractual matters are for my agent, my focus is on making people happy with my football and doing as best as I can for Leeds.”

Raphinha was also asked about he influence of Jesse Marsch recently, and he made a rather accurate prediction about the result of the American coach’s efforts.

“He came into the club at a difficult time, we’re still in a tough position but he’s brought our belief back,” he told Sky Sports.

“Even before he arrived he knew the players, what we had to offer as individuals and what we could achieve as a team. We’ve had some bad luck this season, but I think we will stay up.”