Liverpool transfer target Raphinha says that he is “really happy” at Premier League side Leeds United amid speculation over his future heading into the summer transfer window.

Raphinha says that he is enjoying life at Leeds this season and wants to continue to be a part of the club, although does not explicitly respond to any links to Liverpool specifically.

This comes after reports claiming Manchester United and Liverpool are both interested in signing the forward at the end of the season.

Speaking to Leeds’ website, as transcribed by The Mirror, Raphinha opened up on his love for playing for Leeds. “I’m really happy and so satisfied to be a part of this club.

“And when I found that Leeds were interested for me and they wanted me and the way they accepted me, the way I was embraced, the way I was treated on arrival here means and I am really happy now.

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“Today, I’m really well settled in the city and the club. I thank everybody for their affection. They contributed to this.”

ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT 

It is no surprise to hear Raphinha say that he is enjoying his time at Leeds given his immense form for the club so far this season. The Brazilian attacker has been directly involved in 10 goals in 18 Premier League starts for Leeds, averaging an impressive WhoScored rating of 7.14. This shows that he has adapted well to his move to England and is compatible with Marcelo Bielsa’s system at Leeds, which could be why he is really happy at Elland Road.

In terms of how Leeds are doing in the league, Bielsa’s side would go within five points of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool if they win their game in-hand. This shows how Liverpool’s poor form this season could potentially affect their ability to attract players this summer. If Leeds finish close to Liverpool this season then Raphinha could look at that and question whether or not it is worth the hassle of moving, when he could continue performing for Leeds and potentially attract other suitors.

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