Raphinha says he’s ‘not even thinking about leaving’ Leeds for arch-rivals Man United this summer, despite idolising club legends Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo as a teenager.
The Brazilian forward ended his debut campaign in the PL with an impressive tally of six goals and nine assists and his outstanding displays across the campaign have won him plenty of admirers among Europe’s elite.
Back in March, reports in the 24-year-old winger’s native Brazil suggested the forward had held talks over a possible big-money move to Man United, with the attacker’s representatives said to be receptive to Man United advances.
Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund have also made their interest known in recent months and the Brazilian winger admits it’s been surreal seeing his name linked with a host of ‘giant teams’ he grew up watching on television.
‘It is difficult to explain how I feel when I hear speculation about giant teams like Liverpool and Manchester United being interested in signing me,’ he said. ‘Man, I grew up watching these teams on TV. I saw Rooney, Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, but I also saw Gerrard, as well as others like Henry, Deco, Lampard.’
‘There are so many players of such quality that it is difficult to say if I mirrored one of them. I think I mirrored the league, you know? I loved watching it and dreamed of playing here.’ Raphinha played down talk on an impending switch away from Elland Road, where he still has another four years remaining on the deal he signed last October.