By Mark Smith

13th Nov, 2021 | 12:10pm

Graham Smyth stunned if Leeds have not opened contract talks with Raphinha

Graham Smyth has insisted that he would be stunned if Leeds United hadn’t held talks with Raphinha over a new contract.

The Brazilian has quickly become one of the most valuable players at Elland Road after only singing 13 months ago for the Whites.

Despite having years left on his current deal, Smyth shared that a fresh deal would protect the club and his value for when clubs inevitably come calling.

Speaking in a live Q&A for the Yorkshire Evening Post this afternoon, Smyth believes it would be the best idea to protect assets such as Raphinha.

“As for his contract, I would be stunned had there not been talks in the background about extending his contract,” he said.

“If only to protect the club in terms of him being an asset because we know that clubs like Liverpool were keen, of course, they were.

“A lot of clubs will be looking at Raphinha so I think a new contract would be a sensible, prudent idea.”

Get it done.

Victor Orta may be busy preparing a potential shortlist for the January transfer window, but there are two other priorities before that.

Leeds simply have to extend the contracts of Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, pay them whatever they want and protect both the player and club from future potential bids.

Raphinha has earned everything that comes his way, especially this season, as he has basically carried us at times during this dogfight.

The Brazilian is now shining on the international stage too, and that has to be reflected in a new contract which could take his value up to £100million easily.

It’s time to get these deals for the likes of Raphinha and Phillips done, then we can concentrate on staying up and then making that big push for Europe next season.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have made contact with one “incredible” star over a potential January signing