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Exclusive: David Norris expects Leeds United to keep hold of Raphinha in January

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Former midfielder David Norris expects his old side to keep hold of Raphinha in January but feels an eventual exit is inevitable.

Raphinha is said to be attracting interest from Leeds’ Premier League rivals, with The Independent reporting last month that both Liverpool and Manchester United like the player.

The 24-year-old has made a fine start to the season, scoring a few goals for his side in what has been a lacklustre campaign so far for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

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That ability in attack makes it no surprise that Raphinha is attracting attention from some of the league’s big boys, but Norris cannot see a transfer happening until at least next summer.

“I think that’s going to be a huge task for Leeds to keep hold of him,” the ex-Whites player exclusively told TIF. “I think they’ll get through this January window. Hopefully if they turn it around a little bit, get a few results, there’ll be enough to keep him there.

“But come the end of the season, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of big clubs after him.”

If Raphinha maintains his form, it would hardly be a shock if a team like Liverpool or United did end up making a serious move for him. Leeds really could have a battle on their hands.

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