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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds must follow the stance taken by Brighton over Ben White and refuse to sell Raphinha.
The winger has been making the headlines after a sensational start to his career at Leeds.
He put in a sensational display against Crystal Palace, creating the second goal for Patrick Bamford.
Liverpool have already been linked with the winger, and are said to be ‘very interested’, but Robinson thinks that Leeds don’t have to even consider selling their ‘best player’.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “When you look at him in comparison to all the other transfers from other clubs, Raphinha is the bargain of the season.
“It’s not taken him any time at all to settle in. Bielsa didn’t play him straight away, he gave him a bit of time to find his feet, but since he’s come into the side he looks absolutely sensational.
“Ball retention, his ability to see passes, his eye for goal, he really is the all-round attacking midfielder.
“He’s an outstanding signing for Leeds.
“The idea for Leeds this season is to stay in the Premier League and they’ve done that at a canter. They’ve done amazingly well this season.
“Next season they’ll look to strengthen and you’d like to see the new investment from the 49ers used on and off the field.
“You certainly don’t want your best player to be leaving but interest from big clubs comes with the territory.
“Other teams will want Raphinha but Leeds have to take the stance Brighton did with Ben White.
“They knew how important he was. You’re not going to get anywhere by selling your best players.
“Listen, everyone has a price and if you can use that money to make your team even better… but Leeds do not need to be selling their best player at the moment.”
Leeds paid £17m for Raphinha and that is looking like a ridiculous price already.
Doubling your money on a player after a few months might be attractive for some clubs but Leeds are looking to the future.
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