By Jack Cunningham

9th Dec, 2021 | 6:10am

Gaetano Berardi blown away by Leeds United man Raphinha

Gaetano Berardi has heaped praise on Leeds United star Raphinha live on Sky Sports News.

The former Whites man appeared on the channel [via Yorkshire Evening Post] on Wednesday to discuss Leeds and Brazil star Raphinha.

He was also asked if he could see the 24-year-old moving on, but he insisted that the Brazilian was already playing for a huge club, which should go down well with Leeds fans.

Berardi said: “He is a talented player, and he is a really strong part of the team.

“He can create anything during the games; even if the game is difficult, he can create something to score a goal, so it’s good for Leeds to have him in the squad and just really good players.

“I think yes [Raphinha playing for a Champions League side]. But he is already at a top team.”

Nice words from Berardi.

The former Leeds defender was a fans’ favourite while he was at Elland Road, and he was with Leeds last season, so he did train with the winger.

Now, Raphinha has been excellent so far for Leeds and has been a shining light for the Whites in a difficult season so far.

Crucially, he has managed to avoid injury so far this season, but in the games, he has missed, the Whites have really struggled.

Therefore, you can see why Berardi praised him so much because he is a crucial player in Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and he has so much quality.

However, we absolutely loved Berardi’s answer about Raphinha leaving to join another club because he defended Leeds and indicated that the Brazilian international didn’t have to leave.

Of course, there will probably be clubs who are interested in signing the 24-year-old because he is a quality player, but we can’t see him going anywhere just yet.

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