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I want to be the best at Wolves – Neto

Pedro Neto might be one of the least experienced players at Wolves but he lacks nothing in ambition.
The 19-year-old forward wants to be one of the best players at the club in a dressing room that includes European champions and Nations League winners Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho, plus fellow Nations League winner Ruben Neves.
Neto arrived just before transfer deadline day earlier this month in a £20m joint deal from Lazio with midfielder Bruno Jordao. Unlike his fellow Portuguese team-mate who he arrived from Italy with, Neto has already made his mark in the first team, with a scoring debut in the 4-0 Europa League win against FC Pyunik, when he also supplied the assist for Morgan Gibbs-White’s first senior goal.
He has also made substitute appearances against Manchester United, Torino and Burnley and is determined to shine on the biggest stages after arriving to strengthen the attack with Cutrone following the departure of Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro. “I want to show my value and demonstrate that I can be one of the best here,” Neto told Wolves TV. “I want to be the best that I can and to help the team conquer their objectives. What they did last season was very good because they achieved a place in the Europa League and it’s a job very well done.”
Neto has barely played a handful of games in his career so far – his appearance against Pyunik was the first senior start despite having played in three countries – but he has plenty of recent experience of Italian opposition as Wolves prepare for their second leg of their Europa League play-off against Torino on Thursday.
The former Braga youngster hasn’t faced the Turin outfit before but at Lazio in the second half of last season he made four brief substitute’s appearances in Serie A after making his debut for them in the Coppa Italia. He is relishing playing Italian opposition again and is looking for Wolves to progress to the knockout stages so they can prove themselves as an emerging club on the continent.
“We want to do our best in the Europa League to show this club is a big club and can do great things,” he added. “I want to say to the fans that I will give everything for this club if they believe in me.”
As another Portuguese signing, Neto is in good company at Molineux, with fellow countrymen Patricio, Moutinho, Neves, Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre in the first-team squad, Jordao and Flavio Cristovao in the Under-23s and Christian Marques in the Under-18s.
“Having so many Portuguese people here is good for me because they can help me be a good person and to be a better player,” he said. “For example I am a close friend of Ruben Vinagre and I think that he will help me.
“He (Vinagre) said it’s a very good, organised club with very good people and very good conditions. Having seen the club, I think the same as him. I’m very happy to be here because it’s a very big club that did very last year with the season they had.”
As the Midlands basks in sweltering temperatures, Neto’s Portuguese team-mates have warned him that it’s not always this warm! “They said to me it’s a difficult competition, and that the conditions are difficult sometimes because of the weather, whereas in Italy the weather was unbelievable, very sunny,” he acknowledged.
Wolves face Torino at a sold-out Molineux on Thursday night and Neto almost ran out of superlatives to describe the feeling from the last occasion he performed in front of the gold and black faithful.
“The feeling was amazing to play in front of these amazing fans,” he said after his scoring debut against Pyunik. “To score and make an assist in my first game was incredible, especially in front of these incredible fans.
“I enjoyed playing with the team in my first game because we played a good game. The second half for me was better.
“I’ve settled in well, but my team-mates are players that we can play easily with because they’re great players that make me learn with them and help me a lot.”