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Five-year deal for Vinagre is a real boost to Wolves

Wolves have been boosted by the news that hot prospect Ruben Vinagre has signed a new deal until 2024.

The 20-year-old left wing-back, who signed permanently for £2m from Monaco a year ago after a season-long loan spell, has penned a five-year contract. The news is something of a coup for the club with the Portugal Under-20 international linked to moves to Liverpool and Barcelona in recent months.

Vinagre has impressed during his two years at Molineux and looks set to catch the eye during the 2019-20 campaign after an pre-season. He is set for a first-team start against Crusaders in the Europa League second qualifying round tonight at Molineux with Matt Doherty injured and Jonny Castro Otto switching from left wing back to the right.

Sporting director Kevin Thelwell told www.wolves.co.uk: “Ruben has developed impressively since joining the club two seasons ago and is an important part of Nuno’s squad. As the club has grown in recent times, Ruben has done the same, and performed commendably when called upon in the Premier League last season.

Off the pitch, he provides a mature head for someone so young and is a popular personality inside the dressing room. We’re excited to watch and help Ruben develop further this coming season and, after his impact in the two Asia Trophy games, we hope he’ll kick on once again.”

Vinagre played 13 times in all competitions in the Championship-winning campaign, scoring his first senior goal in a 4-0 victory over Burton Albion in September 2017.

The youngster then featured in 17 Premier League games last season as Wolves finished seventh and qualified for the Europa League.