Report: Leeds United pulled out of race for winger Raphael Martinho because he didn't speak any English

Catania fans celebrating

The Brazilian winger has instead gone on to join Carpi from Catania.

The reason behind Leeds United’s decision not to pursue their interest in Brazilian winger Raphael Martinho this summer has seemingly been revealed.

Leeds are desperate to bring in a left-winger this summer and Uwe Rosler has made no secret about that fact.

Martinho would have been a fantastic option. A cultured footballer with a touch of pace, he would have done wonders on the left-hand side.

However, The Yorkshire Evening Post has now revealed just why Leeds pulled out of a deal that certainly seemed to be on the cards.

The club had negotiated with his Italian side Catania, although reports of a medical were a little premature, but the Brazilian simply spoke not one word of English. The report claims that concerns over his ability to settle in the country meant that Leeds decided to look elsewhere.

In the meanwhile Martinho found himself new suitors and joined newly-promoted Serie A side Carpi earlier in the week.

Adryan factor?

Last season Leeds snapped up a Brazilian in the shape of Adryan from Flamengo on loan. The player, once dubbed the ‘new Zico’, struggled to settle in English football and ended up becoming a flop at the club. At the end of the campaign Leeds decided not to move for the player and instead he ended up joining Nantes in France.

Perhaps Leeds feared a similar situation with the Brazilian winger and decided he was not worth the gamble.

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