By George Overhill

9th Jun, 2022 | 2:10pm

Raphinha has told Leeds United he won't sign improved contract at Elland Road

Leeds United star Raphinha doesn’t want to sign a new deal at the club and has already informed them so, according to 90min.

The Brazilian star had looked destined for Barcelona but the financial malaise at the Camp Nou is making that move less and less likely, as they can’t afford to register their current signings let alone pay for expensive new ones.

Following Premier League survival being secured on the last day of the 2021/22 season 90min had reported the club were “hopeful” that he and fellow star man Kalvin Phillips would sign new deals if offered a “substantial pay rise”.

Speaking on international duty he appeared to leave the door open to remain at Elland Road, amid growing reported interest from Liverpool [Mirror], as he wants to play regularly ahead of the winter World Cup.

He said, via Sport: “I have to be active at the club where I am, this weighs on my decision, but I am confident in my potential.

“If it is to continue at Leeds or to leave, I am going to give my best, find my space and I am going to try be well for the World Cup.

“I have a contract with Leeds until 2024 and my future is in the hands of Deco, who is my agent, and in those of Leeds.”

But the latest 90min report says: “The Brazilian has publicly stated that his future is ‘out of his hands’, although 90min has learned that he has already told Leeds that he does not wish to sign a new and improved contract – his current deal has two years left to run.”

Value

While has long been believed that the 25-year-old’s preference was to move to the Catalan giants it appears that they are incapable of facilitating that.

That is neither the player nor the Elland Road club’s fault, as they are practically duty-bound to hold on for a worthwhile fee if their star man is to leave.

A new contract was being discussed for some time with Deco before the end of the season, as he attempted to secure a release fee in the event of the club staying in the Premier League.

His status as unofficial South American scout for Barcelona, and their subsequent lack of a viable plan to afford the former Rennes winger, suggest the figure he wanted was far too low.

It is becoming more likely that Raphinha stays with United, so he would presumably prefer to be better paid.

It would give the club more security in terms of maintaining his value longer term, but since an asking price of between £60million and £70million [The Athletic] is currently the stumbling block that is preventing him from making the move he wants he is likely reticent to cause a repeat down the line.

With two seasons left currently Leeds can hold firm, but if he ends up staying that won’t still be the case next summer.

So it appears he might be willing to secure his place in the Brazil squad for the World Cup by featuring regularly for the Whites again this season, before moving for a cheaper price next summer.

In other Leeds United news, another Premier League giant has joined the hunt for a crucial Elland Road figure.