Raphinha has reacted on Instagram after Leeds United announced a club-record move for Georginio Rutter on Saturday night.
After a week of speculation, Leeds unveiled Rutter yesterday. The club could spend up to £36 million on the 20-year-old, who arrives from Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.
It is an exciting move for the Whites. Jesse Marsch’s men once again find themselves in a relegation battle in the Premier League. And they will welcome all of the quality they can get in the final third.
Raphinha reacts as Georginio Rutter joins Leeds
Rutter certainly has quality. The Frenchman was not exactly prolific for the German side. But he definitely appears to have that piece of magic up his sleeve.
And one player who knows exactly what that will mean to the Leeds fans is Raphinha. The Brazilian lit up Elland Road during his near two-year stay in England.
No player did more last season to keep Leeds in the Premier League. And it seems that he is delighted to see Rutter join his old side.
The pair were on the books together at Rennes, playing together – very briefly – at the end of a 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne shortly before Raphinha moved on.
And the 26-year-old has now sent a message to Rutter in response to his Instagram post on joining the Whites…
It is such a classy touch from Raphinha. But you would expect nothing less from the winger. Few fans will ever forget how he reacted to Leeds keeping themselves in the Premier League.
At the time, it seemed that he had dealt a blow to his chances of getting that big move away. Leeds, of course, could demand a lot more for him after staying up.
And yet, he was up in the stands celebrating our final day win at Brentford like everyone else.
If Rutter could win fans over as quickly as Raphinha did following his move, this could be a seriously exciting deal.