Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Bruno Lage has dropped an update on the club’s ongoing contract talks.
In recent comments cited by the Shropshire Star, the 45-year-old Wolves boss claimed that he is not worried about players such as Adama Traore – who is believed to have been in talks with the club over a new deal for a number of months – and Joao Moutinho being distracted by their discussions regarding new deals at Molineux.
Speaking about the club’s contract talks, Lage said: “These kind of things are new for me, in a position as manager when you’re also aware of these concerns, I think it will be a question when we feel the players are not there.
“The players are focused on their jobs every day, so for me, it’s not a question. They need to do what they are doing and for me as a manager, I’m very happy with their work. That’s the only thing we can understand. They need to continue to do it. I am happy with the job they are doing at the moment.”
Considering just how important both Traore and Moutinho have proven to be within the Wolves team in recent seasons, the fact that Lage is not concerned that each respective player’s contract talks will affect their performances on the pitch is sure to have left fans buzzing.
Indeed, over Traore’s nine Premier League appearances this term, the £27m-rated man has, despite failing to hit the back of the net or register an assist, highly impressed for the club, creating two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.8 shots and making 1.6 key passes per game.
Meanwhile, over Mouintho’s 10 top-flight fixtures, the £3.6m-rated midfielder has also created two big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 1.2 interceptions, 1.9 tackles, 1.3 key passes and winning 2.7 duels per fixture.
As such, it is evident that both players will be key to any success Bruno Lage’s side go on to achieve this season, meaning their commitment to the cause, regardless of their contract situations, is a major boost for the Portuguese boss and the club’s supporters.