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Neves must ignore Juventus’ rumoured interest and remain at Wolves for now

Neves must ignore Juventus’ rumoured interest and remain at Wolves for now

Wolves have only managed to take two points out of nine from their first three Premier League fixtures.

However, given the quality of opposition they have come up against, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men can still be pleased with the start they have made to the season.

And one player who has certainly caught the eye in the club’s opening games is Ruben Neves.

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The Portuguese playmaker was influential in Wolves’ promotion to English football’s top flight following his unexpected arrival at Molineux from Porto last summer and has since been linked with a move elsewhere.

According to CalcioMercato (via Sports Mole), Jorge Mendes has recommended Juventus to sign both Neves and his team-mate Diogo Jota with the super agent said to have taken a greater interest in the Serie A giants with his highest-profile client Cristiano Ronaldo now at the club.

It was Mendes who helped broker a deal for Neves to move from Porto to the West Midlands (via BBC Sport), and it would come as no surprise if he looked to move the Portugal international to a new club for big money now that his stock has risen significantly.

£22.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Neves, though, would be wise to stay at Wolves for at least the remainder of the season or even beyond that instead of moving to Turin.

Juventus already have a batch of quality central midfielders including Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi and, while Neves will fancy his chances of breaking into Max Allegri’s starting XI with the quality he possesses, the risk of failing to do so is not worth it.

At 21, Neves will most certainly have clubs as big and enticing as Juventus chasing after him in the future.

For the time being, the former Porto man should continue his development in England and with Wolves.

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