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Leeds pundit hails first-team ace amid exit talk

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Joe Wainman of All Leeds TV has hailed the talent of Raphinha, insisting he needed no time to get up to speed under the management of Marcelo Bielsa.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a terrific debut season in the Premier League, as the Whites sealed a ninth-placed finish after their promotion from the Championship.

Leeds splashed out to bring Raphinha to the club, spending £17m to bring him in from club Rennes.

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He made 30 appearances in the Premier League and scored six goals, while also registering nine assists, and he will be looking forward to the new campaign when he will hope to go from strength to strength under Bielsa’s tutelage.

Wainman has been impressed with the way in which the Brazilian has taken to life in England like a duck to water and has hailed his ability.

He said: “I think only Raphinha has been the player that I have seen come in under Bielsa that hasn’t needed a full pre-season to just be on it from minute one. Raphinha was on it from minute one whereas other players take time.”

Raphinha’s impressive season has seen him linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool.

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