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Jota: ‘I want to stay at Wolves for a long time’

Diogo Jota wants to stay at Wolves long term and revealed how he looks up to Cristiano Ronaldo – despite grabbing a Premier League record from the superstar.

Jota has enjoyed excellent form since being paired up front with £32m record signing Raul Jimenez, with all of his eight goals coming in his last 18 games.

That form has earned the 22-year-old his first call-up to the Portugal squad for the recent Euro 2020 qualifiers against Ukraine and Serbia, though he is yet to win a full cap.

Jota is almost 12 months into a four-year contract after signing permanently for around £12m from Atletico Madrid in the summer. He feels he is at a club going places and wants to be at Molineux for a long time to come.

It’s a very organised club. We are growing up, not just as a team but as a club; everything is going forwards and I feel part of it,” said Jota. “I want to be here for a long time.

We couldn’t have imagined being just outside the top six and in the semi-finals of the FA Cup when the season started so everything is going very well at the moment and we want to keep this momentum going.”

Jota became the first Wolves player to score a top-flight hat-trick in over 41 years when he netted a treble in the 4-3 win against Leicester in January, since John Richards in October 1977.

He became the second Portuguese player to achieve the feat, and 295 days earlier than Juventus star Ronaldo, who managed it in January 2008.

I look at Ronaldo as an idol and try to follow in his steps because he is a reference, not just for me, but for all Portuguese players,” added Jota.

We play in a similar position to so I look at him as a marker for my own development; I want to aim as high as I can.”

Jota added: “Scoring a hat-trick in the Premier League is not something that happens every day, and it doesn’t happen to every player during their career, so I was very happy with that achievement, and with the victory, because it was a last-minute goal that decided it.

The match was transmitted by a Portuguese TV channel so my friends and family watched and I received lots of congratulatory messages for the victory and the performance.”

Jota played under head coach Nuno Espirito Santo at Porto and he admitted the lure of joining his compatriot again helped persuade him to come to England.

I had my manager on one side saying Wolves would be a good move, and having played for the manager (Nuno) already, I trusted him. When I started to see the signings, I was keen to be a part of it.”