Barcelona winger, Raphael Dias Belloli, known as Raphinha has denied reports claiming he is willing to leave the Catalan club in the coming summer.
According to a report from a Spanish tabloid, Diaro Sport, the former Leeds United player is open to returning to the Premier League. With Chelsea and Newcastle ready to splash over €80 million on the winger.
However, the Brazilian forward has publicly denied the report. Commenting on an Instagram post with his verified account, he said, “Lying. This is lying. Whoever said this is a liar, uninformed and unprofessional. If you delete my comment, I will post this on my Instagram.”
The 26-year-old forward comments came in the midst of Barcelona’s ongoing efforts to reduce the salary mass in the squad. Although the attacker has categorically denied the report from Diario SPORT, various other Spanish news outlets have claimed that the club could offload several players in the coming summer.
In the absence of Ousmane Dembele and Pedri who were ruled out for lengthy spells on the sidelines, Raphinha has been Barcelona’s best player in the second half of the campaign by a fair margin. He has scored 10 goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions.