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2019

Wolves flier Adama Traore would ‘not close any doors’ on a move to Real Madrid

Wolves winger Adama Traore admits he would ‘not close any doors’ on any potential move to Real Madrid – but says he wants to become one of the best in England first. The 23-year-old has been a revelation this season after being transformed under Nuno Espirito Santo and on current form is one of the most dangerous players in the Premier League. Spaniard Traore, who started his career with Real’s fierce rivals Barcelona, is very happy at Wolves and playing for a head coach who has total faith in him. That faith has been rewarded with five goals and seven…

Nuno is targeting a golden 2020 for Wolves with signings and improvement

Nuno Espirito Santo has suggested 2020 could be a golden year for Wolves after targeting signings and further improvement. The Molineux head coach is looking to add a couple of faces in the January transfer window to strengthen his squad. Another forward is a priority, but it remains to be seen if they will step up interest in Red Bull Salzburg striker Hwang Hee-Chan, who has been linked with a move to Molineux. A centre half was thought to be a priority, but Willy Boly’s improving fitness, and the form of Romain Saiss and Max Kilman has lessened the need…

Nuno so proud of Wolves after narrow defeat at Liverpool

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo revealed he was proud of his players after their excellent performance in the 1-0 defeat at Liverpool. Sadio Mane’s controversial goal was the only difference between the sides as Wolves had a disputed effort from Pedro Neto chalked off by VAR. Wolves also had an excellent chance when Diogo Jota was denied by goalkeeper Alisson late on, while Joao Moutinho and substitute Romain Saiss fired over the bar from scoring positions. Nuno’s squad had just 45 hours between their 3-2 win against champions Manchester City and kick-off at Anfield against the runaway leaders. The Molineux…

Liverpool boss Klopp: Wolves are a ‘proper team with a lot of strength’

Jurgen Klopp praised Wolves as a ‘proper team with a lot of strength’ after his Liverpool team squeezed a 1-0 win over them at Anfield. Wolves pushed the champions-elect all the way, as VAR ruled twice in Liverpool’s favour to help them win the game. First the video referee overturned match referee Anthony Taylor’s decision to disallow Sadio Mane’s goal for handball against Virgil Van Dijk and Adam Lallana, before the new technology disallowed Pedro Neto’s equaliser for Jonny’s foot being offside before he crossed the ball. Liverpool boss Klopp followed Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who said Wolves are ‘sniffing’…

Wolves winger Traore is harder to mark than Vardy – Klopp

Jurgen Klopp had lauded Wolves winger Adama Traore as ‘exceptional’ – and claims he is harder to play against than Jamie Vardy. Liverpool manager Klopp has long been an admirer of the 23-year-old Spaniard, who came through Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy before a difficult spell at Aston Villa, then catching the eye at Middlesbrough. Klopp admits Traore has long been on his radar, and said: “He is really dangerous. In a big space Jamie Vardy is difficult to defend, but I would say Traore is even more difficult to defend because his speed is exceptional. “He finally found his…

ICYMI: Wolves left frustrated by VAR again in narrow defeat at Liverpool

Liverpool 1 (Mane 42) Wolves 0. Wolves were again nursing a deep sense of frustration over VAR after they pushed Liverpool all the way at Anfield only to lose 1-0. Sadio Mane’s disallowed goal was overturned by the video referee while Pedro Neto’s effort was ruled out because his foot was offside as he turned Andy Robertson from Joao Moutinho’s pass in the build-up, before he crossed. Replays showed alleged handball incidents by Virgil Van Dijk then Adam Lallana in the build-up to Mane’s 42nd-minute strike were actually chest and shoulder respectively. Despite the setback, it was another hugely encouraging…

Wolves man Jonny faces Liverpool probe after ball boy ‘incident’

Wolves wing back Jonny Castro Otto is the subject of an investigation by Liverpool into an alleged altercation with a ball boy. The alleged incident happened during Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Anfield. Jonny is said to have expressed his frustration at a ball boy holding on to the ball for too long in front of the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand. A statement from Liverpool said: “The club will follow established protocols in terms of gathering the relevant information. “While that process takes place we will be making no further comment.” It is understood Wolves are aware of the alleged incident…

Wolves players are spending ‘every minute’ recovering for Liverpool – Nuno

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ players are spending ‘every minute’ recovering in the build-up to runaway leaders Liverpool. Wolves kick off at Anfield on Sunday just 45 hours after producing a truly memorable performance to beat Manchester City 3-2 on Friday. It’s expected Nuno will ring the changes on Merseyside, although it’s not clear yet to what extent. But the Molineux head coach says there is no time for the players to do anything other than rest. For him it will be about assessing the squad and coming up with his best selection and plan to be as competitive against…

Wolves boss Nuno wants refs to regain control after VAR controversy

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has urged referees to regain control of decisions after his team’s dramatic win Manchester City. The Video Assistant Referee awarded City two penalties after referee Martin Atkinson had ruled an arm on Riyad Mahrez had not been a foul in the 3-2 win for Wolves. The second spot kick was for encroachment after Conor Coady – who cleared the ball after Rui Patricio saved Raheem Sterling’s effort – had entered the penalty area when the England man struck the ball. Head coach Nuno believes referees should be encouraged to use the pitchside monitors to make…

Wolves boss Nuno praises fans and players after comeback win

Happy Nuno Espirito Santo praised Wolves fans and players after the dramatic 3-2 win over champions Manchester City. In one of the most dramatic games at Molineux in recent times, City had goalkeeper Ederson sent off after 12 minutes before VAR awarded them two penalties. Raheem Sterling netted the rebound from the second one after Rui Patricio saved both, and the England forward doubled their lead after the break. But man of the match Adama Traore started the comeback before setting up Raul Jimenez to equalise then Matt Doherty capped an amazing game with a last-minute winner. The sending off…