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Wolves Star Midfielder Happy To Stay At The Molineux: Time For Tottenham To Look The Other Way?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Wolves currently have one of the hottest properties in Ruben Neves who has been given 6/4 odds of ending up in Liverpool next term. Tottenham Hotspur also seem to be in the race but the player has higher odds of staying with the Molineux based outfit. He himself certainly is happy with the team.

Neves said, “Right now it’s not good for me to risk a way out. I feel very good at Wolverhampton, I have no reason to leave because I’m going to play in the best league in the world. The fans already know me, the club too and everyone knows what I can do for the club.”

“I spent a great year there and I love playing at Wolverhampton. Therefore, I have no interest in going out, because it’s the best for me and for my future.”

Neves has already been an early bloomer. He joined the FC Porto youth academy when he was just 8 and shone through the ranks. He was supposed to be an early contender for the club’s reserve team on July 14 (instead of playing for the U19s) but on injury to one of his teammates, got called up to the senior team during the preseason tour.

Neves obviously impressed his coaches enough to be called up for his first team debut on 15 August 2014 at only 17 years of age. He also became the youngest Portuguese to ever play in the UEFA Champions League by taking the pitch against Lille in the playoff round.

He even broke Rafael van der Vaart’s record when he captained the side to a 2-0 triumph over Shakhtar Donetsk in the next season. Neves has close to 100 senior team appearances for Porto and has been a standout performer for the Wanderers this season.

He struck 6 times on goal and furthered one assist to guide the team to the very top of the Championship table, playing a highly important role in 42 total games.

The 21-year-old looks like a player with the composure and maturity well beyond his years. He commands the midfield with his excellent technical abilities and has the potential to one day be a massive star in the Premier League.

Read More: Tottenham Hotspur Eyeing A Move For 25 Y/O Midfield Enforcer: Right Man To Replace Dembele?

However, Tottenham can give up on their pursuit for the time being since he is clearly happy with the newly promoted outfit. He seems to be wise enough to stick to his guaranteed starting spot, rather than venturing into untested waters with the Premier League biggies.

Besides, Spurs have enough players, including the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier to stabilise their midfield and it will be very much unnecessary for them to invest in a player like Ruben Neves, as he will have to spend most of the time on the bench rather than on the pitch. So it will be a good decision for both parties to refrain from indulging in a transfer battle for the Portuguese playmaker in the summer.

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