Barcelona star refuses to leave club in summer

Blaugrana defeated UD Las Palmas last night

By Web Desk
March 31, 2024
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Winger Raphinha, a key player for FC Barcelona's first team, has declined to depart from the club but may be compelled to do so if a suitable offer materialises, as per SPORT.

Raphinha proved pivotal in breaking the deadlock against UD Las Palmas with a well-executed header that secured three valuable points.

The Brazilian validated his position with a goal, placing him alongside Lewandowski and Ferran Torres as one of the most proficient goal scorers. Raphinha continues to affirm his desire to remain with the Blaugrana club, although indications suggest that Barcelona is open to considering offers for him.

Raphinha's statistics have remained consistent since his arrival. Having already adapted to European football during his stints in France and England, he is performing admirably at Barça. Despite enduring two injuries, he has accumulated six goals and nine assists. While he has regained his starting position, his main challenge lies in making an impact in crucial matches, where he often falls short.

Xavi singled out Raphinha after the match, emphasising his prowess in exploiting spaces and the importance of his pace to the team. The coach is currently placing his bets on both Raphinha and Lamine Yamal for less demanding fixtures, though their roles in the Champions League remain uncertain.

Following Dembélé's departure, Raphinha was compelled to assume a more prominent role as the primary winger. However, he struggled to find form, and eventually, Ferran Torres and Laminele secured their positions ahead of him. Towards the end of the season, it appears that the Brazilian has regained his form, but whether this is sufficient to ensure his continuity remains to be seen.

With Barcelona seeking financial gains through transfers this summer, Raphinha emerges as a prime candidate due to significant offers on the table and his failure to consistently perform as a top-tier player.

While Raphinha showed reluctance to depart last summer, his interest in staying this time around appears tepid. However, should a suitable offer arise, the club is inclined to nudge him towards an exit.