Player of the year Joao Moutinho has urged Wolves to win a trophy to confirm their big-time dreams.
The 32-year-old midfielder, who was voted player of the year by the fans after a superb season, has been a serial winner in his career and he wants to continue that exemplorary reputation by bagging some silverware.
Wolves went agonisingly close to a first FA Cup final in 59 years after being beaten by Watford in extra-time of the semi-final, while their seventh place was the club’s highest finish for 39 years and ultimately helped them return to Europe for the first time in nearly four decades.
But that is not enough for Moutinho, who was a European champion with Portugal in 2016, won the Europa League with Porto in 2011, and 12 major titles with Sporting and Porto, before winning Ligue 1 with Monaco in 2017.
“Now we need to rest, and I think we need to think bigger, to dream bigger,” said the Portugal international. “That’s what we want, the club wants to be better.
“That’s what I want, all my team mates want, to be better and do all we can to win something. This year was very good, but we try to better next year.”
Moutinho cost just £5m last summer when he joined from Monaco, and is seen as arguably the bargain of the season in the Premier League this campaign.
And the 114-capped international insists he was up for the challenge from the start because Wolves’ ambition matched his own.
“I was told it was a big project when they contacted me, and I accepted because it’s a club who wants to be better and bigger,” he said. “I like this challenge, to help a club to be better and that’s what I came here to do, to help the team, to help the club, do what I can to make this club better.”
With a trophy cabinet crammed full of honours, Moutinho must be the most respected player in Wolves’ dressing room. And he insists he is driven to help his team-mates enjoy the sort of career he has had.
“Yes, of course. I try to do my best in training, watching what my team mates are doing too, to learn with them,” he added. “If they can learn from me, I’m here. I try to help where I can and that’s what I do every training session – to learn and to help others learn too.”