Leeds United star Raphinha has had a solid debut season in the Premier League and it has not gone unnoticed, with clubs like Liverpool monitoring the winger. Phil Hay has provided an insight on his contract and discussed his arrival at Elland Road.
Hay discusses Raphinha
In a recent Q&A on The Athletic, via MOT Leeds News, one fan asked: “Do you know if Raphinha has a sell-on clause in his contract? Or a buy out clause? It seems ludicrous that Rennes have sold him for that price to us.”
Hay responded to this query, saying, “There are clauses in it. It was £17m plus add-ons but I’m not aware of a buy-out clause. You’re right about Rennes. I can’t understand their thinking at all. They seemed happy to take what they could get for him and essentially cover the cost of what they paid to Sporting CP. Very odd.”
Leeds have found a gem in Raphinha
Earlier this season, Hay waxed lyrical about the Brazilian, tweeting: ‘Raphinha btw. Seventeen million squids. Bargain.’ It is easy to see why he said this – in his 21 league appearances (including three from the bench), the 24-year-old has picked up five goals and five assists (Transfermarkt), a fantastic return for a relatively young player in a new league with a promoted team.
Journalist Henry Winter also waxed lyrical about the Leeds ace, saying: ‘Raphinha one of the stars of the season, one of the buys of the season’.
His underlying attacking stats show that he is unlucky not to have more goals, too, as he has managed 2.3 shots, 2.1 key passes and 1.7 successful dribbles per game (WhoScored) – stats which rank him highly among his teammates (he is second for shots and right at the top for key passes and dribbles among Leeds’ squad).
With all this taken into account, it is easy to see why Hay believes the club got a great deal for the Brazilian and the club need to do everything to hold onto Raphinha as he looks to be a good talent and has the potential to become even better in the near future.
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