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July 2019

Vallejo: Real Madrid urged me to join ‘incredible’ Wolves

Jesus Vallejo has revealed Real Madrid urged him to join Wolves because of the ‘incredible job’ they did last season. The 22-year-old defender has swapped the Bernabeu for Molineux on a season-long loan, and, although he is ineligible for Thursday’s Europa League second qualifying round tie at Crusaders, he was at Molineux for the first leg and is relishing the prospect of playing in gold and black. “Real Madrid recommended me a lot to come here because Wolves did an incredible job last season, and I hope to do the same,” said Vallejo. “Last season was not easy, but we…

Wolves snap up Portuguese defender for U23s

Wolves have snapped up versatile Portuguese defender Flavio Cristovao for their Under-23s squad after he impressed on trial. The 22-year-old free agent has agreed to a one-year deal at Molineux after arriving on trial at the start of pre-season. Cristovao has been playing in the centre of the back three in the Under-23s’ pre-season friendlies but can also play in midfield. Cristovao is expected to boost Rob Edwards’s Under-23s squad this season, with Max Kilman and Dion Sanderson having stepped up to Nuno Espirito Santo’s senior squad. The Under-23s embark on their first season in Premier League 2 Division 1,…

Wolves star Jota can replace Ronaldo for Portugal – Eves

Wolves star Diogo Jota can one day replace Cristiano Ronaldo in the Portugal national team, according to former Molineux striker Mel Eves. Eves, 62, was happy to hand over the record as Wolves’ last scorer in Europe last week to Jota. He reckons the 22-year-old, who took the milestone after nearly 40 years, could be the man to one day succeed Ronaldo in the national team, if he continues his progression. Jota, who is preparing for tomorrow’s Europa League, second qualifying round, second leg tie away to Crusaders in Belfast, is still to be capped at full level by Portugal.…

Wolves U23s to play home games at AFC Telford again

Wolves Under-23s are due to play all of their home games at AFC Telford United for the coming season in Premier League 2 Division 1. Following their promotion as Division 2 champions last season, Rob Edwards’s side will compete in Division 1 for 2019-20, against the best young teams in the country. They will begin their league campaign on Monday August 12 with a trip to Brighton before returning to the New Bucks Head seven days later to face Everton. Under-23 head coach Edwards told wolves.co.uk: “We are really looking forward to getting our first season in Premier League 2…

Wolves’ Mir excited at joining Forest and can’t wait for debut chance against Albion

Wolves striker Rafa Mir has revealed his delight at joining ‘ambitious’ Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan. The 22-year-old forward will get his first taste of the Championship since January 2018 after his switch across the Midlands to secure first-team football after falling down the pecking order at Molineux. Mir could be line to make his Forest debut against Wolves’ arch rivals Albion on Saturday tea-time for their Championship opener. He tweeted: “I’m very happy to sign with @NFFC and defend the colors (sic) of a historic club in England! An ambitious project to continue growing as a footballer. I…

Doherty out until Premier League opener for Wolves

Matt Doherty has ruled himself out of a return for Wolves until the start of the Premier League season. The Ireland international missed the trip to China and the opening game against Crusaders in the Europa League second qualifying round after sustaining a knee injury in the first few days of pre-season training. Now Doherty has revealed he will miss the return against the Northern Irish outfit on Thursday night, but is planning on being available for the Premier League kick-off against Leicester on Sunday, August 11. Doherty’s place was taken by Adama Traore for the first leg against Crusaders,…

Connolly: Cutrone a ‘good gamble’ for Wolves

Former Wolves striker David Connolly believes Patrick Cutrone is a ‘gamble’ for the club but a good deal. Cutrone was announced as Wolves’ second new summer signing on Tuesday in a potential £20m deal on a four-year contract from AC Milan, coming days after Real Madrid central defender Jesus Vallejo arrived on a season-long loan. One-capped Italy international Cutrone leaves AC Milan where he scored 27 goals in 90 games, including 16 in 42 in his first full season, 2017-18. Described as a ‘classic number nine’, Cutrone is said to possess physical presence and an aerial threat as well as…

£16m Cutrone: Wolves’ desire swung it for me; message from AC Milan

Wolves’ latest signing Patrick Cutrone highlighted the club’s desire to want him after joining in a potential £20m deal from AC Milan. The 21-year-old striker has signed a four-year deal after passing medical earlier on Tuesday. The fee is £16m with the rest in add-ons. Described as a ‘classic number nine’ and compared to Italian great Filippo Inzaghi, Cutrone becomes the first Italian to join Wolves and currently the fourth most expensive recruit in the club’s history after Raul Jimenez (£32m), Adama Traore (£18m) and Jonny Castro Otto (£18m). The one-capped Italy international had been told by new Milan coach…

Coady: Vallejo has fit in ‘seamlessly’ at Wolves

Captain Conor Coady insists new Wolves signing Jesus Vallejo has fit in ‘seamlessly’ and believes his capture from Real Madrid is a symbol of the club’s ambition. Vallejo, 22, has joined on a season-long loan from the Bernabeu giants and trained with his new team-mates on Monday morning. “He had his first training session this morning and he fit in seamlessly,” said Coady. “We’ve got quite a lot of Spanish and Portuguese players here so he fit in like a hand in a glove, he really did. He’s a lovely kid, and I think it goes to show what the…

Wolves striker Mir set to move to Forest

Wolves’ out-of-favour striker Rafa Mir looks set to join Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan. The 22-year-old forward has been the subject of interest from several Championship clubs both before and after spending last campaign with Las Palmas. But Forest look to have won the race ahead of Birmingham City for his signature, with some reports on social media suggesting he is set for a medical at Forest on Tuesday. Mir was recently part of Spain’s squad that won the European Under-21 Championships in Italy and San Marino this summer. But he is not considered ready for Wolves’ first-team squad…