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2019

Moutinho says it was ‘very easy’ to extend his stay at Wolves

Joao Moutinho admitted it was a ‘very easy decision’ to extend his stay at Wolves after the midfielder signed a new contact. The 33-year-old midfielder, who scored the first goal and helped set up the second in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Bournemouth, has penned a three-year extension, taking his stay at Molineux to 2022. Moutinho, who cost £5m from Monaco in July 2018, has been a superb addition to Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad and was voted the Fans’ Player of the Season in May. Last season he contributed eight Premier League assists and a stunning goal at Manchester United to…

Diogo Jota is back to his best – Wolves boss Nuno

Wolves forward Diogo Jota is back to his best, according to boss Nuno Espirito Santo. The 22-year-old is raring to go for Saturday’s return to Premier League action at AFC Bournemouth after making his debut for Portugal in the international break. Jota replaced Cristiano Ronaldo with seven minutes to go in a 6-0 home win against Lithuania on November 14. He then came on for Andre Silva in the 71st minute in a 2-0 victory away to Luxembourg three days later, when he was denied a first goal in Portugal colours as Ronaldo applied the final touch to claim his…

Raul is the example to follow, says Nuno to Wolves stars

Nuno Espirito Santo has told Wolves players that Raul Jimenez is the example to follow – but that he can still get better. Jimenez has scored 13 goals in 22 games in all competitions this season, just four goals behind his club total for the whole of 2018-19. The Mexico international’s tally is only bettered by Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling among Premier League players, and Jimenez netted twice on international duty in a 3-0 win over Panama last Saturday. Head coach Nuno believes the 28-year-old club record £32.6m signing sets a benchmark for improvement in the squad. “He’s always available…

Nuno drops contract hint on Wolves maestro Moutinho

Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho looks set to win a new deal after Nuno Espirito Santo dropped a contract hint. The Portugal international, 33, is out of contract at the end of June next year but has been instrumental in Wolves’ success since returning to the Premier League. Talks have been ongoing and the playmaker is expected to put pen to paper on a two-year extension soon. “Everything is OK and I hope so,” said Wolves head coach Nuno when asked if the midfielder will earn a new contract at Friday’s pre-match press conference ahead of the game at Bournemouth on…

Wolves’ ‘Special One’ delighted ‘born winner’ Mourinho is back

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is happy Jose Mourinho is back in football and says his fellow Portuguese is a born winner. Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager this week in the big football story. Nuno was a goalkeeper under Mourinho at Porto from 2002-04 and won two Portuguese titles, the Champions League, the UEFA Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, the Portuguese Cup and two Portuguese Super Cups. The Molineux chief’s abiding memory of the one-time called ‘Special One’ is his fierce desire to win, and his record backs that up, with 25 trophies. “It was many years ago (playing…

Nuno waits on Wolves trio for Bournemouth test

Nuno Espirito Santo is playing a waiting game over three Wolves players ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth. Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore and Ryan Bennett are the men the Molineux head coach says are still being assessed in the countdown to the trip to the Vitality Stadium. Jimenez didn’t return from international duty until early on Thursday after a 5,500-mile, 13-hour flight from Mexico. Traore has been under treatment for a problem in his right hamstring sustained in the 2-1 win against Aston Villa before the international break, while Bennett is managing a groin problem. “Raul was a late one…

Sparky wants Wolves U23s job for keeps – and says decision will be soon

Mark Kennedy wants to become Wolves Under-23s coach for keeps – and believes there will be a decision on the job within two weeks. The 43-year-old has taken charge of the Molineux youngsters for two months since old Molineux teammate Rob Edwards left for a coaching job with England. Former Wolves, Liverpool, Manchester City, Cardiff and Ipswich winger Kennedy says he has relished coaching the youngsters and provided the update after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Paris Saint Germain in the Premier League International Cup at Molineux. Asked if he wants the job on a permanent basis, the wideman, who was…

ICYMI: Highlights galore from Wolves’ 11 on international duty

Wolves’ international stars have returned to the UK following their exploits – with scores of highlights as they prepare to gear up for Premier League action at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. Diogo Jota became the club’s fourth full Portugal international after finally making his debut as a substitute as one of 11 players to have represented their countries. Matt Doherty scored his first goal for Ireland in a European Championship qualifier against Denmark, but they will need a play-off next spring to decide if they reach the finals. Raul Jimenez grabbed a brace as Mexico beat Panama 3-0 in their…

Wolves outcast Jordan Graham omitted for PSG test in favour of younger generation

Jordan Graham was overlooked for Wolves’ clash against Paris Saint Germain in favour of the ‘younger generation’. The 24-year-old winger could have played at Molineux for the first time since September 2017 in Wednesday night’s Premier League International Cup 1-1 draw against the French giants’ Under-23s side, but coaching staff felt younger players deserved a chance. Graham has returned to the fold recently after a loan move to Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Plovdiv fell through over an issue with FIFA clearance. The former Aston Villa youngster played the previous two Under-23s games, coming on in the 1-0 Leasing.com Trophy defeat a…

Wolves coach Sparky says he felt like a fan against PSG

Caretaker Wolves Under-23s coach Mark Kennedy admitted he almost felt like a fan watching the 1-1 draw against Paris Saint Germain because the quality of the football was so good. Wolves battled back from conceding after 27 seconds to Alexandre Fressange’s header take a point from their first group game in the Premier League International Cup courtesy of Dan Csoka’s 57th-minute header. A crowd of 5,448 watched the game on a freezing night at Molineux to create an atmosphere for the youngsters, and Kennedy was among those impressed. “I loved it. I almost fell into a bit of a fan…