Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte today features an interview with Leeds United star Raphinha.
The 24-year-old is one of the many players who missed the last international break due to the lack of an agreement between club and country, and was obviously upset at missing out.
“It was a different and complicated situation because of the moment we are still living,” Raphinha told Globo Esporte.
“I got upset, yes, because defending the national team is a child’s dream and who doesn’t think about it? It’s no different with me, but I need to make it clear that I understand the club’s position. I’m still very happy, extremely satisfied and focused here. I’m still doing my best to help Leeds and maybe get another chance to defend my country.”
Raphinha also talked about Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa and the good treatment he’s had from the coach since joining the Elland Road side.
“Bielsa is a very dedicated and very demanding coach. He is a great professional and if the athlete knows how to absorb everything he goes through, he will certainly evolve a lot. From my first days here in Leeds, he received me really well and made me feel very comfortable playing my football.”
On Friday, Brazil are revealing their squad list for the upcoming three World Cup qualifying fixtures. According to Globo Esporte, there are more than nine players from English clubs this time, so it’s very likely Raphinha will be included in it.
FIFA are said to be working with the British government for those players to work in a bubble when on international duty, and then get an exception rule for the mandatory quarantine when returning to the country.
Brazil now play Venezuela, Colombia and Uruguay between the 7th and 14th of October.