BRAZILIAN legend Rivaldo believes compatriot Raphinha has the ability to play for a ‘bigger club’ than Leeds.
The 24-year-old arrived at Elland Road from Rennes last year for a fee in the region of £17million.
Raphinha was superb for Leeds during his first season at the clubCredit: PA
Rivaldo believes Raphinha can move to a bigger club than LeedsCredit: Getty
And he was superb during his first campaign under Marcelo Bielsa, netting eight times and assisting 11 in 38 appearances.
He has already scored three goals in seven Premier League games this season, picking up where he left off before the summer despite Leeds’ dip in form.
The playmaker also netted his first international goals for Brazil earlier this month, scoring twice against Uruguay in a 4-1 victory.
But Rivaldo, who played for some of the biggest clubs in the world such as Barcelona and AC Milan, feels Raphinha should now be looking towards bigger and better things at club level.
Speaking to Betfair, he said: “Raphinha performed well on his debut for Brazil, but he was already shining in the Premier League with Leeds United and there are rumours of interest from Liverpool.
“If he were to make the move, he may not be a regular starter, but I’m sure it would be a big step in his career since it would allow him to compete for titles and play in the Champions League which could be crucial for more call ups into the Brazilian national team.
“He has the quality to player for a bigger club.
“He is playing excellent football and a player always wants more and stronger challenges, so he would benefit from a transfer.”
Leeds have struggled for results at the start of their 2021-22 campaign, winning just one of their first eight Prem games.
Bielsa’s men currently sit 17th in the table ahead of their home match against Wolves on Saturday.
If Raphinha is to leave imminently, Leeds have been linked with Chelsea man Ross Barkley as a potential replacement.
The former Everton midfielder has also reportedly attracted interest from Newcastle and Burnley.