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Leeds winger Raphinha hails Bielsa; targets Champions League football

Leeds United winger Raphinha admits he wants to play Champions League football.

A £17million signing from Rennes in the summer of 2020, the 24-year-old proved to be one of the signings of the season, scoring six times and creating nine more in the Premier League alone.

That led to some speculation that his stay at Elland Road could be a one-season arrangement with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United both linked.

And with two goals in his first four games for the national side, Raphinha continues to be touted as a potential target for the title challengers in England.

Asked specifically about his aspirations to play in the Champions League, Raphinha hinted he was in it for the long haul with Leeds, adding: “Of course. I'm very happy at Leeds and hopefully we can play in the Champions League."

He also told AS of manager Marcelo Bielsa: “From my first days at the club, I already saw how special Bielsa was.

“He's a guy who works a lot, who knows a lot about football.

"He's the typical professional who dedicates 100% of his time to the institution that he represents and we are very lucky that he's our coach.

“He knows how to get the most out of each one of us. This makes us raise our level."

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