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June 2019

Mick defends decision to ditch Wolves’ Doc

Mick McCarthy has defended his decision not to play Wolves wing back Matt Doherty in Ireland’s last two games, but admits he ‘loves’ him. The 27-year-old was forced to sit out the 1-1 draw away to Denmark and the 2-0 win against Gibraltar, with captain Seamus Coleman preferred at right back and Ireland manager McCarthy reluctant to give Doherty another chance at wide right. The former Wolves boss brought Doherty to Molineux in 2010 from Bohemians and he has gone on to play 252 times in gold and black. McCarthy stressed he remains a big admirer of a player he…

Wolves in China to help find a future Prem star

Wolves have launched a series of projects in China with the ultimate aim to produce a Chinese footballer for the Premier League. Academy manager Scott Sellars is currently in China to help launch a series of projects looking to introduce the game at grassroots level. Wolves are looking to expand their brand globally, but particularly in China, where the club’s owners Fosun International are based, ahead of their appearance in the Premier League Asia Trophy in the country next month. The club’s Under-18s are also in China to play in a tournament, while the Under-23s recently won the plate competition…

‘I’m better for the Prem’ – record-breaking Wolves ‘keeper Rui

Wolves man Rui Patricio has targeted more games for his country after becoming Portugal’s record appearance holder for a goalkeeper – and says he’s improved since moving to Molineux. The 31-year-old celebrated the double whammy of the new milestone of 81 caps and winning the Nations League – and kept a clean sheet in the final as Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in Porto. Patricio, who signed for Wolves last summer at a cost of £15m, overtook Porto legend Vitor Baia, who was capped 80 times, appearing at Euro 96, Euro 2000 and at the 2002 World Cup. His record…

Wolves midfielder Neves says Ronaldo is best ever

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves claims Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest footballer to have played the game. Neves and Ronaldo were part of the victorious Portugal squad that won the Nations League with a 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the final on Sunday. Ronaldo, who has now helped his country to their two major honours after winning Euro 2016, scored a hat-trick in the 3-1 success over Switzerland in the semi-final and is one of the most decorated players of all time. The 34-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar has won a record-equalling five Ballon d’Or awards –…

Mick should find a place for Wolves’ Doc – legend

Wolves man Matt Doherty’s continued exile from the Ireland team has been criticised by one of their country’s greatest footballers. The wing back had to again be content with a place on the bench as Mick McCarthy’s side beat Gibraltar 2-0 at the Aviva Stadium to go top of Group D on Monday night as they look to qualify for Euro 2020, with captain Seamus Coleman again at right back. But Ireland legend Liam Brady believes McCarthy should find a place for Doherty. The 27-year-old scored eight goals and provided eight assists in all competitions as Wolves finished seventh in…

Wolves stars help Portugal win the Nations League

Wolves stars Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Diogo Jota are celebrating a unique achievement after helping Portugal win the inaugural UEFA Nations League. Portugal are the first winners of the competition after beating the Netherlands in a 1-0 in the final in Porto. Patricio made several important saves to keep a clean sheet on the day he became Portugal’s most capped goalkeeper of all time, overtaking Vitor Baia to win his 81st cap. Midfielders Moutinho and Neves also appeared in the final, with the former introduced after 81 minutes after Goncalo Guedes had scored, while Neves came on…

Wolves old boys pay tribute to tragic Justin Edinburgh

Former Wolves players George Elokobi and Darren Anderton have joined in the tributes to Justin Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 49. The ex-Tottenham left back tragically passed away on Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest on his return from watching his old club in the Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid. He was hospitalised on Monday. Edinburgh was last pictured before the final, which he watched with former team-mate and one-time Wolves captain Steve Sedgley, along with other ex-Tottenham players. Just six weeks ago Edinburgh led the team he managed, Leyton Orient, back into the Football…

Wolves winger will be attracted by Leeds because of Bielsa – Mills

Danny Mills believes Wolves forward Helder Costa will be attracted by a move to Leeds. The Championship play-off semi-finalists are believed to be interested in signing the one-time £13m club record signing on a season-long loan deal, to join former Molineux wing back Barry Douglas at Elland Road. The 25-year-old is believed to be one of the players head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is willing to accept offers for this summer on a loan or permanent basis as he looks to strengthen his squad. Former Leeds and England right back Mills, 42, who is not best remembered by Wolves fans…

Croatian defender again linked with Wolves

Wolves have again been linked with a move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida. This time they find themselves with competition from promoted Norwich City, according to Turkish website Fanatik. The Canaries have reportedly lodged a £8.9m (10m euros) bid for Vida, who plays mostly at centre back but can also operate at right back. Wolves were first mentioned in connection with the 30-year-old last summer after the former Bayer Leverkusen stopper starred in Croatia’s run to the World Cup final before losing 4-2 to France. Norwich manager Daniel Farke is ready to strengthen his squad ahead of Premier League football…

Wolves striker Bonatini could be on his way to Turkey

Out-of-favour Wolves striker Leo Bonatini could be on the move to Turkey, according to reports. Former Fenerbahce defender Luciano has reportedly offered his fellow Brazilian to the Turkish club, says Fotospor. They claim Luciano,who played for the Istanbul club from 2003-06, has spoken with the Fenerbahce board and advised them to sign the 25-year-old this summer. He’s reportedly told the Super Lig side Bonatini’s style is similar to that of Fener legend Alex de Souza and that signing the Wolves player could be a sensible move. Fernerbahce are looking to strengthen their attack this summer following the departures of Roberto…