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Still work to be done for Wolves players – Nuno

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits the end of the season won’t be a time for his players to down tools totally.

The Premier League season finished on Sunday with Wolves signing off with a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield to finish seventh, the club’s highest placing for 39 years when they were sixth.

But there will not be much time to rest as the club’s sizeable international contingent will be involved in various tournaments over the summer.

There’s likely to be 10 players called up to play for their countries next month.

Head coach Nuno said: “We never go away from the game. The end of the season gives you a chance to rest, and for me it’s important to go home and stay with my family, but we never disconnect. There is always work to do and tasks to focus on.”

Nuno says there will be individual off-season plans set for each of his players before they return for pre-season training.

It’s a natural time for you to rest, but it’s not a passive rest, it’s an active rest,” he said. “The players will be involved in their own programmes, because the worst thing is you totally lose your form, so you have to start again.

Our idea is never to lose our form, so it will be an active rest. Everything is programmed, everything will be scheduled.

During the first two weeks we know we’ll have a lot of players involved in their national teams, so we have to take each player individually. Each one of them will have their own programme and their own days to do these programmes.

The idea is that when they come back they will be ready to start again.”

Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Diogo Jota are likely to be in Portugal’s squad for the Nations League, with the semi-final against Switzerland just 24 days after the Premier League season ends, on Wednesday, June 5, with the final – against the winners of England versus Netherlands, who play on June 6 – on the ninth.

Between those dates, Raul Jimenez is set to resume international action, with Mexico hosting Venezuela on Thursday, June 6, and Ecuador four days later.

Leander Dendoncker is likely to be involved as Belgium have a home double-header in the European Championship qualifiers, against Kazhakstan on June 8 and Scotland on the 11th.

Spain have two European Championship qualifiers in June, which could include Jonny Otto. They play Faroe Islands away on Friday, June 7 and Sweden at home on the 10th.

Morocco play Africa Cup of Nations games at home to Namibia on Sunday, June 23 and Ivory Coast on Friday, June 28 which midfielder Romain Saiss will be eyeing.

Ruben Vinagre has already been selected in Portugal’s squad for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Poland, where 24 teams will compete for the title from May 23 to June 15.

With Morgan Gibbs-White set to be fast-tracked to the England Under-21s this summer, the midfielder could be involved in the UEFA Under-21s Championship, with ties against France on Tuesday, June 18, Romania three days later and Croatia on the 24th.

The players’ summer break will be shorter still if Wolves qualify for the Europa League after finishing seventh. They will know their fate on Saturday, and will be in European competition for the first time in 39 years if Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final.

Wolves are playing in the Premier League Asia Trophy as part of their pre-season build-up, with games on Wednesday, July 17 and Saturday, July 20.

If they are in the Europa League, they will enter at the second qualifying round stage and their first tie will be just five days later on July 25, with the second leg on August 1.