Raphinha reveals he had 20 minutes to make Leeds decision
Leeds star Raphinha has said that he had less than half an hour to decide whether to join Leeds United in the summer.
The speedy winger admitted he had second thoughts over joining the club, having helped Rennes qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.
On transfer deadline day, Raphinha had just finished playing against Reims in Ligue 1. In what turned out to be his final appearance for the French side, the 24-year-old scored an equaliser to salvage a point for his team.
Just after the game, Raphinha was told about Leeds’ interest and within 20 minutes he had made up his mind to go.
In an interview with FourFourTwo, as reported by LeedsLive, he said, “It was definitely a tough decision and I had 20 minutes to give my answer.
“On the one hand, I’d just helped Rennes reach the Champions League for the first time in their history. On the other hand, I had the offer from a traditional, huge club like Leeds, who were also enjoying great momentum having returned to the Premier League.”
“After the final whistle, the president and a couple of directors told me. It was the first time I’d heard about a transfer, but they said if I wanted to join Leeds there was a private jet waiting for me to go to England, so I could undergo a medical there and sign the contract.”
Money well spent
Raphinha made a very good decision, but we would say that.
By roping in a player of Raphinha’s calibre for a paltry £17million, Leeds may well have secured the bargain of the season.
Even keeping his price tag aside, the impact he’s had on Marcelo Bielsa’s side has been second to none.
He’s scored goals, created a plethora of chances, linked up well with the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford, and has been a crucial part of our fluid attack.
With six goals and as many assists to his name, he’s already surpassed last season’s tally from Ligue 1.
Doing it for a newly-promoted club in the Premier League makes it all the more remarkable.
MOT Leeds News columnist Paul Robinson has seen him up close and personal at Elland Road and has said that he looks even better in real life than he does on TV.
That’s an exciting prospect that Leeds fans have got to look forward to – hopefully in the last game of this season against West Brom.
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