By Kealan Hughes

7th Mar, 2021 | 9:30am

Deco dismisses transfer talk but refuses to commit Raphinha's long-term future to Leeds

Raphinha is enjoying his football at Leeds but his agent Deco would not provide certainty with regard to his future.

The former Barcelona star did suggest his client was focussed on playing football, stating that now is not the time to consider an exit.

Deco also acknowledged that ultimately Raphinha’s future is up to the club. The Brazilian is reportedly wanted by Manchester United and Liverpool but is contracted until 2024.

Appearing on the LUFCFANZONE podcast, Deco said [27:58], “We never know but it is not time to think about that. It’s time to play football, I believe this team can reach something important this season.

“I know that it is normal that there is all this speculation about transfers and everything.

“But I believe there is a time for that and this is not the time.

“It is time for work, to play, we never know but it is too early to talk about that.

“Raphinha is enjoying [himself], this is more important sometimes. It is a club decision first and we always need to respect the club.”

Keeping Raphinha

Raphinha has been superb this season and the reported interest in him is not surprising.

It is good to hear that he is concentrated on his football, and the 24-year-old said himself that he is happy at Elland Road.

That will be vital to keeping him over the summer.

Victor Orta and co. will be determined to keep him and that should hopefully lead to any offers being rejected.

The only worry would be that Raphinha throws a strop and hands in a transfer request, but that looks highly unlikely at present.

It is possible he recognises the vision and ambition Andrea Radrizzani holds for the club.

The Marcelo Bielsa factor is also key, as any player would surely want to play under him.

He has already improved Raphinha and the winger may be keen to continue learning from the Argentine.

In other Leeds news, Transfer insider claims Leeds set to use 49ers cash on exciting £43/wk attacker.