Alex McLeish has suggested Raphinha could snub a move away from Leeds United to continue working under Marcelo Bielsa.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, compared the Argentine’s lure to that of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Speaking to UOL Esporte, Raphinha thanked Leeds for taking a gamble on him and insisted he had not thought about leaving the club.
The winger has been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United but confessed he is committed to seeing out his contract.
Raphinha signed a four-year deal at Elland Road when he joined last summer.
McLeish suggested the 24-year-old loved playing under Bielsa – much like players wanted to work with Sir Alex Ferguson.
McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Bielsa, he seems quite a shy guy when you see him on television.
“I think he gets embarrassed if people say he’s a god and things like that. It shows how much the players like him. They like his methods, they like his style.
“Back in the day with Alex Ferguson, we knew he was an absolute winner. We thought: ‘Don’t rebel on this, don’t be annoyed by this.’ That was the way managers were at that particular time.
“Alex Ferguson evolved beautifully along the way. We would be saying: “This guy will help us become better. He’s going to help us win things”.
“The season Bielsa had was fantastic and Leeds were a breath of fresh air. Players like Raphinha could snub offers just to keep playing for Bielsa.”
Raphinha joined Leeds for a reported £17million last summer and has become a mainstay under Bielsa.
He scored six goals and contributed nine assists during his first season in England.