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Paul Robinson has said he’s not surprised that a video posted by Said Benrahma has put Marcelo Bielsa off a move for the Brentford attacker.
The video, posted on Benrahma’s Twitter account, complete with drone footage, saw the player showing off about his luxury holiday.
— SaidBenrahma11 (@Benrahma2) August 16, 2020
Athletic journalist Phil Hay had said that Benrahma was a top target for Leeds.
However, in a recent Q&A, Hay said that the video had led to Bielsa going cold on the deal.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “It’s the first principle of Bielsa. I’ve spoken so many times about the demand he puts on players and the way they live their personal lives.
“He’s a compulsive obsessive and if there’s a trait or a way a player lives his personal life that he doesn’t like, that will certainly put him off the transfer.
“Leeds players are getting weighed every morning. There’s no way you could have a beer on Tuesday night. Football is a lifestyle these days.
“And if Bielsa’s seen that video and been put off by it, then it will affect the transfer.
“Look at the Leeds dressing room. The players that are there don’t post a lot of stuff on social media about going out and socialising. They’re dedicated to Leeds and to football.”
Benrahma could have ruined a dream move to Leeds with that video. There were plenty of Leeds fans who weren’t bothered and wanted to see him at Elland Road anyway.
However, Bielsa is a manager who takes in every detail of every single situation.
He had his Leeds players picking up litter to keep them grounded, and we can’t imagine any of the current squad posting a video like Benrahma did.
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