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Raphinha may be sparking talk of interest from Liverpool and Manchester United, but theBrazilian forward says he is “really happy” at Leeds.
His direct running, creativity and work rate are drawing admiring glances, with a couple of the Whites’ domestic rivals said to be mulling over transfer raids, but the South American is giving no thought to leaving.
Raphinha told Sky Sports: “The club, all the people who work here, the staff and the players have really helped me develop. I'm really grateful for this and always look to do my best for them all. This creates a bond with everybody here.
“I'm really happy here and feel I've adapted well. I think everything's in place for us to achieve good results working together.
“We know that Leeds are a club who belong in the Premier League. We'll be always looking to keep the club here. We're also aware that we're a promoted side that needs to adapt to the league like we're doing now. Our initial objective is to stay in the top division.”
Leedssplashed out around £17 million ($23m) on the winger when luring him away from France.
He has contributed five goals and five assists, with the opportunity to work under Marcelo Bielsa being embraced.
“I found out at the last minute that there was an offer from Leeds andprofessorBielsa wanted me here. It all had to be resolved very quickly as the transfer window was about to close the following day,” Raphinha added on his move to England.
“It's always an easy decision when there's genuine interest from the club and genuine interest from the manager. I think that makes the decision easier for a player. The player feels embraced and that they will be a part of the project.
“The way in which they demonstrated that they wanted me to be a part of the club, the way the manager showed how he wanted me to be a part of his team was all very important in my decision.”
When moving to add another talented performer to their books, Leeds put a four-year contract in place.
For now, Bielsa’s men are focused on finishing their first season back in the big time as positively as possible, with a trip to top four-chasing West Ham on Monday.