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Nuno: Wolves youngsters will remain back-ups

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ youngsters will remain ‘back-ups’ as he plots building his squad. Eleven of the 26-man squad that travelled to China are from the club’s Academy, eight of which featured in the Premier League Asia Trophy final penalty shootout win against Manchester City. Morgan Gibbs-White, 19, started both games, while Dion Sanderson, Max Kilman, Hong Wan, Terry Taylor, Taylor Perry, Luke Cundle and Niall Ennis all got playing time in Asia coming off the bench. Wolves are still to sign a new player this summer after the loan-to-permanent arrivals of Leander Dendoncker and Raul Jimenez and Nuno…

Wolves target Cutrone weighing up his future

Wolves target Patrick Cutrone is said to be weighing up his future as he decides whether to leave AC Milan. The 21-year-old striker is understood to be considering his options as he ponders leaving Italy. Wolves are prepared to pay the asking price of around £22m for the one-capped Italy international and see him having a big, exciting future. Milan need to sell to free up funds as they are edging closer to agreeing a £48m move for Atletico Madrid attacker Angel Correa, according to various sources. Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo wants to add competition up front to…

Claire Elliott’s Wolves tour diary from China – Day 4

Day 4 It’s day four, so that must be why we are up at 4:30am. I’m now slightly regretting staying up so late with our friend Bish. We need to get a train from Beijing West. Beijing West is apparently one of the biggest train stations in Asia. We are off to Xi’an today. The taxi is quickly summoned and has us at Beijing West train station within half an hour. We have 90 minutes or thereabouts to find our train and pick up our tickets. If ever you decide to journey to China, I can heartily recommend China Diy…

Neves expecting Wolves full house for Europa League tie

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is expecting a Molineux full house to welcome in the Europa League this week. Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad are back in the UK after their successful trip to China which saw them beat Manchester City in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy 3-2 on penalties after the game ended 0-0. They host Crusaders on Thursday in the second qualifying round first leg on Thursday, and well over 20,000 tickets had been sold before they went on general sale. Armenian side Pyunik, or Czech outfit Jablonec lie in wait for the winners after Monday’s draw.…

Pep praises ‘incredible’ Wolves ahead of final

Pep Guardiola has praised Wolves as ‘incredible’ as Manchester City prepare to face them in the Premier League Asia Trophy final. Wolves meet City in Shanghai on Saturday after beating Newcastle 4-0 on Wednesday in the semi-final in Nanjing. City coach Guardiola is well aware of the threat Nuno Espirito Santo’s side present. The teams drew 1-1 at Molineux last season while Wolves’ excellent record against the top six helped them to seventh place. The Spaniard says his team will use the game to try to step up their match fitness. “We play against an opposition who did incredible last…

Wolves are ‘world class’ – Crusaders boss describes once-in-lifetime opportunity

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter believes Wolves have ‘world class players’ and described facing them as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’. The Northern Irish side will be at Molineux next Thursday for the Europa League second qualifying round first leg tie after beating Faroe Islanders B36 Torshavn 5-2 on aggregate. They will then host Nuno Espirito Santo’s side seven days later for the second leg at their 3,393-capacity Seaview ground in North Belfast. “You only get this opportunity once in a lifetime but we’ve fought to be there and now our fans will get the chance to see their players face a Premier…

Claire Elliott’s Wolves tour diary from China – Day Three

Claire Elliott is a lifelong Wolves fanatic watching the team in China with her husband Greg. WolvesBite.com editor Tim Nash has known her for many years and once smuggled her into the press box at Millwall to give a fan’s eye view for the Express & Star. Here’s her thoughts on the historic trip. Day 3 So an early rise and we look out of our 12th floor hotel room to see it’s already busy on the roads outside. Our guide, Joe is picking us up at 6pm and we are skimming Tiananmen Square before heading to the Great Wall…

Wolves in talks to sign Cutrone from Milan

Wolves are in talks to sign £22m-rated Milan striker Patrick Cutrone. Milan are trying to free up funds to buy Atletico Madrid’s £48m-rated Angel Correa, and have made the 21-year-old Italy international available, with Wolves confident of landing their man. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo wants a centre back, a central midfielder and a striker, but it looks as if he is close to securing the latter. Cutrone netted nine goals in the first 16 games of last season before his scoring rate tailed off, with two in the rest of the campaign. But Wolves see a long-term future for…

Claire Elliott’s Wolves tour diary from China – Day Two

Claire Elliott is a lifelong Wolves fanatic watching the team in China with her husband Greg. WolvesBite.com editor Tim Nash has known her for many years and once smuggled her into the press box at Millwall to give a fan’s eye view for the Express & Star. Here’s her thoughts on the historic trip. Day 2 So we’ve arrived a little bit late into Beijing airport and we manage to hook up to wifi. The wifi didn’t work on the flight, disappointingly. This is the first time we get to test our vpn. I’ve set it up on Greg’s phone…

Wolves to face Crusaders in Europa League tie

Wolves will meet Crusaders in their first game back in European competition in 39 years next week. The Northern Irish outfit beat B36 Torshavn from the Faroe Islands 3-2 in the Europa League first qualifying round, second leg on Thursday night to win 5-2 on aggregate to earn a crack at Premier League opposition. That means Crusaders will be at Molineux for the second qualifying round first leg on Thursday, July 25. The return will be at the 3,393-capacity Seaview ground – with its own 4G artificial pitch – in North Belfast on Thursday, August 1. Jordan Forsythe gave Crusaders…