Marcelo Bielsa’s influence at Leeds United could persuade Raphinha to stay put this summer, according to ex-Scotland manager Alex McLeish.
The Lowdown: Raphinha shines for Leeds
The Brazilian was one of the Whites’ best players during a triumphant season back in the Premier League, excelling from the moment he joined from Rennes.
Raphinha was a joy to watch at times for Leeds, dazzling with his trickery out wide and weighing in with six goals and nine assists.
The 24-year-old’s performances are claimed to have alerted Liverpool, with rumours linking the Merseysiders with a bid of over £30m for the Whites star.
The Latest: Brazilian tipped to stay
Speaking to Football Insider, McLeish believes that Bielsa’s huge reputation in the game will make Raphinha want to continue playing under him and reject other offers:
“The season Bielsa had was fantastic and Leeds were a breath of fresh air. Players like Raphinha could snub offers just to keep playing for Bielsa.”
The Verdict: Huge player moving forward
Leeds have to be aiming big and looking for a European finish next season, but for that to happen, they must keep hold of key individuals like Raphinha.
His quality – leading the side in assists, key passes and dribbles – has lifted the level of those around him, and at 24, he is a player who can still find higher gears as he matures even more as a footballer.
Bielsa has clearly had a positive impact on his game, so the hope is that Raphinha, hailed as is perfectly happy playing for him and sees his future at Leeds, just as McLeish suggests.
In other news, one Leeds player has been tipped to replicate the brilliance of a past footballing legend. Find out who it is here.
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