Leeds winger Raphinha has insisted his future is not in his own hands as he continues to attract interest from some of Europe’s leading clubs.
The Brazilian has swiftly emerged as his side’s talisman having moved to Elland Road from Rennes for just £17m in October 2020.
However, after Leeds secured their Premier League status for a second consecutive season on the final day of the 2021/22 campaign, their star player has been drawing significant interest – most notably from Barcelona, who want him to replace outgoing wide man Ousmane Dembele.
Liverpool and Bayern Munich are also among those to have been linked with Raphinha, although 90min understands that Leeds will not part with the player unless their valuation of more than £60m is met.
Indeed, the player himself has admitted that his future is not in his own hands at present, with two years left on his current contract and his agent Deco – a former Barcelona player – working on things behind the scenes.
“I have a contract with Leeds until 2024, my future is in the hands of Deco and Leeds,” he said while on international duty.
“I have my mind set on the national team, on the game and also on my vacations. I have a contract with Leeds and this issue is resolved by my agent, when there is something, he will tell me.”
Raphinha also hinted that he wanted to ensure he was getting regular game time ahead of the winter World Cup, wherever he is playing his football in the first part of next season.
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“Knowing that there are less than six months left for the World Cup, you have to be active in the clubs,” he continued.
“That weighs on the decision, but I am confident in my potential. Whether it is to stay or go, I am going to give my best, find my space and try to be good for the World Cup .”