Dean Windass doesn’t see any reason as to why Raphinha would want to leave Leeds, who he believes could be right up there if Marcelo Bielsa stays.
Following an excellent first campaign in the Premier League, the Brazilian winger has attracted interest from the top three – Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.
After breaking into Bielsa’s XI in late-November, Raphinha remained there for the entire season, and provided 15 goals in 30 league appearances, scoring six times and laying on an impressive nine assists.
He still has three years remaining on the deal he signed last summer, meaning any of those top sides would surely have to pay a premium to prise Raphinha away from Elland Road.
But with Bielsa in the hot-seat, Windass doesn’t see any reason as to why the wide man would seek a move away from Yorkshire.
Asked whether working under Pep Guardiola could tempt Raphinha, former Sheffield United striker Windass exclusively told Football FanCast:
“I don’t think so. If Bielsa does sign that contract I think he will stay and give him that opportunity to push on to the next level.
“He can keep players there if he wants to, and if Bielsa stays, they could be up there next year, so why would he want to leave?”