Leeds United

Raphinha could rebuff a move to a club like Barcelona if offered a new and improved contract at Leeds United. 

That is the view of former Scotland manager Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 24-year-old would feel a sense of “devotion” if rewarded for his form this season.

The Brazilian winger has been a standout performer for Leeds, with five goals and five assists in 22 appearances.

He joined from Rennes for £17million plus add-ons last summer and signed a contract until the summer of 2024.

Speaking on Sky Sports, as quoted by Leeds Live, former Whites striker Jermaine Beckford has already urged the Whites to reward the electrifying winger with a new deal.

McLeish admitted the summer signing has “excelled” and is not surprised by interest from the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona.

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Asked about the prospect of a new deal for Raphinha, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: That’s what generally tends to happen in the Premier League.

“When a player like Raphinha is excelling then the player thinks the club should reward him with a pay rise.

“Then, when the player gets that kind of reward from his bosses, he has a devotion to play to keep playing for that team.

“He says: ‘Have I done well for them? Yes, I have, but I’ve not got a big ego that I’m going to cause mayhem and want to leave for Barcelona or wherever.’

“They can be up for grabs for some of the big teams, let’s not get away from that, but there’s got to be a sense of loyalty as well.”

In other news, Noel Whelan has slammed mega-money Leeds United signing after what he’s just seen.