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Neymar convinced Raphinha to join Barcelona instead of Chelsea

Sat 10 September 2022 | 16:22

Raphinha became the Blaugrana's most expensive summer signing after he joined the club from Premier League outfit Leeds United for a reported £55m fee.

Leeds United

paid £16m for

Raphinha

when they signed him from Rennes in 2020 as the Brazilian scored 17 goals and contributed 12 assists across two seasons. With

Chelsea

also interested in signing Brazilian, Raphinha revealed it was

Neymar

who convinced him to opt for a move to

Barcelona

rather than Chelsea.

Raphinha told

La Vanguardia

:

"I spoke a lot to Neymar. He told me that if I came to Barcelona then I would not regret it. And he was right.

"My dream was to wear the Barcelona shirt. This is a club that I have followed since I was very young.

"Since Ronaldinho arrived, I began to understand a little more about the history of the club. I wanted to be a part of this.

"So that dream, those desires were stronger than any other proposal no matter how powerful it was financially."

 

Raphinha believes his new side has what it takes to win the

Champions League

under

Xavi Hernandez

as they started their campaign with a 5-1 victory over

Viktoria Plzen

in midweek.

"

Apart from the talent that the team has, I think the most important thing [for winning the Champions League] is to have a winning mentality,"

he said.

"And we have it.

"[If Barca win the Champions League] I will do the same thing I did with Leeds when we managed to secure safety: I will cross Camp Nou on my knees or on the field where we play. It could very well be Istanbul [this season]."

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source: La Vanguardia

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