Rodrigo de Paul has hailed Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, in an interview with the Athletic.

De Paul has been heavily linked with a move to England with Leeds, and rumours continue to swirl ahead of the summer.

Reports before the winter transfer window claimed Udinese’s asking price for de Paul is now £27 million, having been £37 million in the summer of 2020.

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De Paul worked with Nuno at Valencia during the 2014/15 season, but by the middle of the following season, he had been sacked and replaced by Gary Neville.

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“We did really well that year,” De Paul says of the campaign he spent working with Santo at Valencia. “Nuno is a top coach.”

“(But) they soon sacked the coach, the sporting director and the president. I decided to go back to Racing (on loan) for the simple reason that Diego Milito had returned (from Inter Milan).


“The team was in the Copa Libertadores and I thought we had a chance to win it.

“Having a crack at it with the club you’ve supported as a boy was amazing.”

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There is no suggestion that de Paul and Nuno will reunite at Molineux, but what a coup he would be.

De Paul is a classy, creative midfielder who would add another dimension to Wolves’ engine room.

He has nine goals and ten assists in Serie A this season, playing for an Udinese side who are 12th at present – just like Wolves.

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