Barcelona’s Raphinha reveals he rejected a move to Chelsea on the advice of former Blaugrana striker and Brazil teammate Neymar.
Barcelona attacker Raphinha revealed how Neymar helped convince him to refuse chelsea for La Blaugrana this summer.
The Brazil international’s 11 goals helped Leeds United avoid relegation to the Championship last season, and interest in his services was high in the last transfer window.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have both been credited with an interest in Raphinha, but Chelsea have quickly become favorites to complete a deal for the 25-year-old.
At one point, the Blues reportedly agreed on a fee of around £55million for Raphinha but the former Rennais was only keen on a move to Camp Nou.
Barcelona had already reached an agreement on personal terms with Raphinha before completing a £56m move to Camp Nou, and he has revealed he took Neymar’s advice on his move.
“I spoke to Neymar about a move and he told me that if I got to Barcelona I wouldn’t regret it and he was right. I rejected Chelsea because my dream was to wear the Barcelona shirt. Barcelona,” said the Daily Mail quote Raphinha as saying.
“What surprised me about the club? Without a doubt the warm welcome from the fans, the technical staff and the players, everyone is good and tries to help new players.”
Neymar previously spent four years on the books at Barcelona between 2013 and 2017, scoring 105 goals in 186 outings and winning the Champions League in 2015.
Raphinha hit the ground running for Barcelona in pre-season with goals against Inter Miami and Real Madrid, and he has since racked up one goal and one assist in five La Liga games for the Blaugrana.
The South American scored his first competitive goal for the club in a 3-0 win over Sevilla last Saturday, and he played 72 minutes in the 4-0 draw against Cadiz at the weekend.
After failing to get La Blaugrana to sign Raphinha, Chelsea decided to strike a deal for Rahim Sterlingand the former Manchester City man is off to a good start at Chelsea.
Sterling has three goals and one assist in six Premier League appearances for the Blues but couldn’t prevent his side from suffering a 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in Tuesday’s Champions League battle.
Thomas TuchelThe 100th game of turned out to be his last in charge of Chelsea, who quickly sacked the German coach and replaced him with the boss of Brighton & Hove Albion Graham Potter.
Todd Boehly would also have probed Mauricio Pochettino and Ruben Amorim before signing the 47-year-old, whose first game in charge will be Wednesday’s Champions League battle with Red Bull Salzburg.