Whelan raises Raphinha fears amid 'worrying' Leeds update
Noel Whelan has admitted he is worried about Raphinha leaving Leeds United to link up with Brazil over the international break.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker suggested every manager would be sweating at the prospect of their star players leaving after the controversy caused last month.
As confirmed by the Brazil FA last month (25th September), Raphinha has been called up for this month’s international games.
The winger was also included in Brazil’s last squad.
However, he did not travel due to quarantine rules surrounding South America.
Players travelling to red list countries last month were not exempt from the UK’s mandatory period of isolation.
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As relayed by The Guardian, the UK government confirmed fully vaccinated players will be allowed to train and play on their return.
They will have to sign a code of conduct for travel which includes restrictions on transport and close contacts.
Despite that, Whelan admitted he still has reservations over Raphinha playing for his country.
Asked if he was worried about the 24-year-old going away with Brazil, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah absolutely, I am worried. I think it’s a worry for any manager in the Premier League that has quality international players.
“You just hope, after last time, there’s a bit more sensibility about the whole situation. That the demands from certain governing bodies are a bit easier on the players.
“It’s great that we’re getting this recognition and him personally deserves the call-up.
“But it’s worrying times for everybody. Everything is still not over pandemic-wise.
“Everything has to be in place over the security of the players. Not just the players on international duty but those at clubs as well.”