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£27m-rated star linked with move to England thinks Wolves man is simply top class

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.

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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.

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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