Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is currently undergoing contract talks with the club, according to technical director Scott Sellars.
The Lowdown: Neves enjoying superb season
The 24-year-old has been one of Wanderers’ outstanding players so far this season, proving once again to be a class act in the middle of the park.
Neves has been a dominant figure both on and off the ball, not only enjoying an 83.7% pass completion rate but also averaging 2.3 tackles per game, with teammate and compatriot Jose Sa hailing him as an ‘amazing‘ influence at Molineux.
There have been constant reports surrounding the Portuguese’s Wolves future, though, with moves elsewhere mooted this summer.
The Latest: Sellars makes big claim
Wanderers may have been boosted, however, with Sellars confirming to The Express & Star that Neves is discussing a possible new deal at Molineux:
“Ruben is having a fantastic season and everybody should take a pat on the back in terms of how well he is playing.
“We’re obviously talking to him and we all know how much he loves playing for the club. We know how much he has settled here, but he is also an ambitious young man.
“As with all players, you try and have an open dialogue with them and their representatives to come to the best scenario for the club and the player.
“Rightly so, elite clubs all over Europe will have Ruben on their radar, but we have an excellent relationship with him and will do things properly, and collaboratively, when the time is right.”
The Verdict: Potentially huge news
Neves is arguably the most important player at Wolves currently, in terms of quality, age and influence all rolled into one, so losing him would be an almighty blow.
It is only natural that he may be looking at a move elsewhere – he is surely good enough to be starting for a Champions League-playing club – but if he signs a new contract with Wanderers it would feel significant.
Not only would it mean Bruno Lage keeping hold of a vital figure but it would also be a real show of loyalty and belief that this team is moving in the right direction.
In other news, a European giant are eyeing up a move for one Wolves player. Find out who it is here.
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