Raphinha, who only spent a year with Rennes, played a major part in helping to guide the club to Champions League football for the first time in their history by providing eight goals and seven assists. Yet, the club decided to sell him to Leeds for a £17 million fee.
The Brazilian who was able to establish himself a key role in
side, says he had little forewarning of the move.
"I learned on the Saturday [October 3, two days before his move], when I joined the rest of the squad for training, that Rennes had accepted an offer for me," Raphinha told ESPN Brazil.
"I was a little surprised, because I was just finishing my debut season in France. We had started the season well in the league and I was already thinking of playing my first Champions League."
Although he had been previously told he would only be sold for a high price tag, he was sold for a less fee than what
had paid for him, which made
"They told me that they would not want to sell me for less than €60m (£55m/$73m),"
"Knowing that the club accepted the offer, no more and no less, without telling me, I felt devalued.
"The offer was less than what they had spent to recruit me. It made it clear to me that I was not part of the plans of the club and the coach. They just decided to sell me."
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