Bruno Lage is not shy when it comes to talking in depth about his plans for his players and his visions for the future of Wolves ever since he became the manager in the Summer of 2021, and in his most recent interview he makes his feelings clear on one particular player.
In an interview with a Portuguese news outlet, the Wolves manager has made it very clear that Ruben Neves will remain a Wolves player as many clubs have been rumoured to register their interest with the midfielder.
In quotes obtained by The Mirror, Lage said;
“Ruben feels this is his second home – and happiness comes with that.
“That’s good, but it’s another thing to convince him to stay. It’s not about a contract or money. It’s about creating a big team that fights for different things.
“We want to push younger guys, like Ruben, to the next level.”
Both Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked to the 24-year-old, but it seems that Lage has set out to send a message to other clubs interested in securing the Wolves star’s signature with the comments in this interview, and clearly see’s a bright future in the current team for Neves.
Fans will be buzzing to hear the Wolves manager is keeping Neves firmly in his plans at the club, as the £36m-rated star has been involved in the Wolves journey to success, from the Championship all the way up to their current position in the top half of the Premier League table where they now compete for European football spots.
Neves joined the club back in 2017 when the club was in the Championship, competing for promotion, which saw them win the league impressively with 99 points on the board and 30 wins, in which Neves played a key part with 42 appearances, six goals and one assist.
The following season, Wolves qualified for the Europa League in their first campaign back in the Premier League, again with Neves being influential in creativity from his midfield position providing four goals and bagging three assists for the side.
Overall, the midfielder has cemented himself as a fan favourite in the team with 194 appearances, 21 goals and 11 assists in his career at the club, being part of all the highs and lows Wolves have faced over the last four years and at just 24 years old it is clearly important to Lage that he remains with the club to continue their journey.
Considering his importance to Lage’s side and indeed his influence at Molineux, fans will no doubt be delighted that his future could still be in the Midlands.
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