Nuno Espirito Santo insists he and Wolves are on a journey together after reports linked him with the manager’s job at Chelsea.
The Portuguese head coach is currently with his family in his homeland before returning after the weekend, but reports have placed him on a two-man shortlist with Derby manager Frank Lampard to replace Maurizuo Sarri at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri, 60, is under pressure to ensure Chelsea finish in the top four to qualify for the Champions League and they are currently sixth, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
The Italian’s position was undermined by goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
Nuno’s huge success in transforming Wolves from a mid-table Championship side to champions and now seventh place in the Premier League and FA Cup semi-finalists have made him a hot property and he turned down overtures from Arsenal and Everton last season.
But the 45-year-old, who signed a new three-year contract in the summer, says he is happy where he is.
“I’m happy, I enjoy coming here and the players enjoy it also. It’s about making a journey together,” Nuno told Wolves’ official website.
“With our fans, with the support of the club, of all the people that are involved; not only players, but staff, coaches, everybody, everybody inside the family of Wolves, joining us together to try to achieve what the club achieved in the 50s and the 60s.
“We know how hard it is, but to have these memories, they can help us. We are proud of what we’ve achieved.”
Nuno insists he wants further improvement from his players at Wolves.
“When we perform well together, it’s easier. But we still have a long way to go, a long space for improvement, a long space for working and progressing and the more important aspect of the game is that you prepare well for the competition,” he said.
“After – if you are well prepared – you go strong to the pitch.
“Last season was very tough, we came from the Championship, we started in the Premier League and we have to go again, but we truly believe there’s a lot of space for improvement.
“We still have to make ourselves better and now we have a chance to be a better team because we did things well before.
“We must work together with the same goals. Prepare all the team well and develop our ideas, keep on growing.
“All the training sessions are important, everything has to make sense, everything has to have an idea behind it, it’s a lot of hours thinking and trying to put things together to improve the team.”
Nuno enjoys a special relationship with Wolves fans and he is anxious to keep that as strong as possible.
“I’m very, very proud. I always say, and I truly believe, that our job is to make our fans happy, every time they go out of the stadium – proud of being a Wolves fan, and that brings us a lot of joy,” he added.
“The fans make the effort to go away from home to support us, we have to be thankful for them because they help us, they truly help us when they push the team with their songs and their belief.
“It’s about being thankful for them and enjoy the moment together.
“As a manager there’s no sacrifice, when you enjoy what you’re doing there’s no sacrifice. It’s hard, of course, and takes a lot of dedication, but I enjoy it a lot.
“But it’s not only me, it’s all the technical staff, and I truly believe our job is to make the players better, to make them grow and to improve them every day.
“As long as the player is able to believe in that and truly dedicate himself to that, I think it’s easier for us to make them better and prepare them well for the competition.”