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Nuno: ‘Uncle Jorge’ told me to come to Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed super agent Jorge Mendes persuaded him to join Wolves because of the club’s ambition.

Nuno has transformed Wolves since his appointment in May 2017, winning the Championship title in his first season before steering them to seventh place in the Premier League and the FA Cup semi-final.

His stunning success has led to the 45-year-old being linked with the Chelsea manager’s job, while he has turned down Arsenal and Everton through Mendes – known affectionately as ‘Uncle Jorge’ by Wolves fans – since coming to Molineux.

Nuno was Mendes’s first client and the head coach says the agent is the man who advised him to go to Wolves.

He was the person who at the time decided with me, after much conversation, that the best step would be to come, to start working at Wolves,” Nuno told ESPN Brazil.

The project, as it was presented in an exciting way, was a challenge, a great challenge.

He is my friend. A person I admire a lot. He’s the best agent in the world.”

Nuno has been given the funds to make Wolves competitive, around £100m last summer, and he believes he has the budget to make the club a force.

We think it’s a very difficult competitive space. Very difficult. But we are inserted in it,” he added.

And what I believe is that the better we are prepared to compete, the better results we will have.

Therefore, ambition of the club. And if you ask me my ambition, it’s the next training, the next game, then the next training, day by day, day by day.”

But he is not a ‘chequebook manager’ who just wants to sign players. The Portuguese wants to get the best out of them, and to take them to a higher level.

Improve players. Make the player better,” he said of his philosophy.

Because we know if the player is better, the team will be better. So improve the player.

Look at the player, keep him in the middle of us, and see at all points what we can make him better.”