Leeds star makes shocking claim former club didn’t tell him he was leaving

Date published: Friday 11th December 2020 2:12

Raphinha TEAMtalk

Leeds United summer signing Raphinha has told the remarkable story of how his former club didn’t tell him he was being let go until 48 hours before his transfer.

The winger arrived from Ligue 1 club Rennes for £17million during the last transfer window.

However, the Brazilian claims that he was unaware of the transfer until just two days before the deal was completed.

The 23-year-old admitted it was a shock after only arriving from Sporting Lisbon for £19million a year prior.

Speaking to ESPN Brazil (via, Goal) he said: “I learned on the Saturday [October 3, two days before his move], when I joined the rest of the squad for training, that Rennes had accepted an offer for me.

“I was a little surprised, because I was just finishing my debut season in France. We had started the season well in the league and I was already thinking of playing my first Champions League.”



The attacker, who signed a four-year contract with Leeds, explained he felt downtrodden about the way it was handled.

“They told me that they would not want to sell me for less than €60million (£55million),” he said

“Knowing that the club accepted the offer, no more and no less, without telling me, I felt devalued. The offer was less than what they had spent to recruit me.

“It made it clear to me that I was not part of the plans of the club and the coach. They just decided to sell me.”

Raphinha has played six Premier League games so far for his new club, already scoring once.

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Leeds encouraged to dip into the market once again

Rodrigo de Paul TEAMtalk

Meanwhile, Leeds have been urged to sign Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul by a former player.

Ex-goalkeeper Nigel Martyn stated that a move for the Serie A talent in January was a must.

“He would definitely be a good addition if the finances allow it,” he said.

“If you’ve got the money, and you can afford to do it, the quality of player is what you need in this division.”

The attack-minded midfielder scored seven goals and provided six assists for his side last season.

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