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‘It was finished… I felt ashamed’ – Leeds proprietor agreed to promote Raphinha to Chelsea earlier than Barcelona hijack

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Raphinha joined Barcelona from Leeds this summer season and snubbed Chelsea (Image: Getty)

Leeds United proprietor Andrea Radrizzani has revealed he ‘felt ashamed’ after promoting midfielder Raphinha to Barcelona as a result of he agreed a cope with Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel had hoped to carry the 26-year-old Brazil worldwide to Stamford Bridge this summer season with the Blues agreeing a £60m fee with Leeds.

However Raphinha was not eager on a change to west London and was decided to signal for the La Liga giants, main Leeds proprietor Radrizzani to really feel ‘ashamed’ to have let down new Chelsea proprietor Todd Boehly.

The connection between Chelsea and Barcelona hit all-time low this summer season with each golf equipment battling for a similar gamers within the switch window.

Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde was on the verge of joining Chelsea earlier than Barcelona swooped in to steal the participant from underneath Thomas Tuchel’s nostril.

The Catalan membership further upset Chelsea when boss Xavi told Blues duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso he will do everything he can to sign them.

Chelsea responded by handing Cesar Azpilicueta a brand new deal, with the captain signing on for 2 extra years.

Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta was strongly linked with a transfer to Barcelona (Image: Getty)

Talking in regards to the Raphinha switch saga, Leeds proprietor Radrizzani informed The Athletic: ‘For me it was finished with Chelsea.

‘I felt ashamed to return to Todd Boehly and alter the place.

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‘I didn’t have a alternative as a result of it was extra vital to purchase six gamers than maintain Raphinha.’

Raphinha developed into one in every of Leeds’ most vital gamers following his £17m transfer from Rennes in 2020, scoring 17 targets and offering 12 assists in 65 appearances and serving to the membership keep away from relegation from the Premier League final season.

He was additionally linked with a transfer to Arsenal, with technical director Edu recently revealing that the Gunners held ‘conversations’ with his agent Deco.

Raphinha has impressed in pre-season for Barcelona and scored the successful purpose in a pleasant victory over rivals Actual Madrid on July 24.


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