Raphinha’s latest Leeds United comments will reassure and send happiness through the fan base as he confesses his love and delight at being a United player.
The Brazilian saw his name touted with a move away from Elland Road earlier this summer but he never rose to the speculation and with his latest comments have confirmed his future with the club, short-term at least.
He opened his Premier League account for the Whites with a tremendous left-footed strike to ensure that Everton departed LS11 with a point, rather than three.
It was his third goal in many games against the Toffees and just his seventh in a Leeds shirt, as he got to showcase his skills in front of a capacity Elland Road crowd for the first time in his career.
Already adored by the fans, he was given the number 10 to wear for the upcoming season. Joining the illustrious list of players such as Norman Hunter and Peter Lorimer to don the shirt.
His latest interview will come as a great relief to United fans and be greeted with great delight.
“I’m so happy here. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms: Marcelo, the owner, the players, the staff, the fans,” he told The Players Tribune.
“A friend of mine sent me the song. I couldn’t understand all of it, but to get my own song really is a dream.
“All I could think about last season was to play in front of a packed Elland Road. It was very difficult for me to arrive to empty stadiums, because the fans were such a huge part of what made me want the Prem.
“But to all you Leeds fans, I want to say that even then I felt your love and affection. Honestly, I cannot put into words how grateful I am for the way you welcomed me to the club.
“As for the game against Everton last weekend, well, it was worth the wait. That noise , man. It was just like I remembered it. It was everything I hoped it would be.
“I already can’t wait to play in front of you guys again. You’ll cheer us on. We’ll put on a show. And I’ll do my best to make you smile.”
The anniversary of his arrival from French side Rennes for £16 million is coming up in October.
His debut came in a 1-0 defeat to Wolves, while his first-ever goal for the club proved to be the winner in a 1-0 win over Everton a Goodison Park.
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