Ruben Neves moving to Al Hilal has gotten plenty of attention.

On Sunday, it was reported that the Portuguese maestro was set to join the Saudi club, who had agreed a £47 million fee with Wolves.

Days on, we are now just waiting for confirmation of the move with everything now finalised.

It has been a big talking point in the football community. Because Neves, 26, is the first player to make the move to Saudi as a player in his prime.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante have all joined the league this year. But those players are at the end of their careers.

Neves is only just coming into his peak years and so, a lot of people are not happy with the decision he has made.

Ally McCoist dismayed by Ruben Neves making move to Saudi Arabia

This morning, Neves’ move to the SPL was discussed on talkSPORT.

Dean Saunders, Ally McCoist and Alan Brazil were talking about the SPL coming in for players at European clubs.

And McCoist couldn’t hide his disappointment in Neves.

He said: “I’m not having it either and I do take Deano’s point. You’ve got to look after yourself and your family. However, no… what (is he) 25? That to me just stinks of a lack of ambition. It really does.

“Most players will have a plan in their career. Where they see themselves, what they want to do. It’s obviously to play at the highest level they possibly can.

“Ruben Neves, at the end of his career now, there’s every chance he’ll say ‘yes I’ve got a few quid in the bank, but as a football player I didn’t really achieve a lot’.”

Money talks, as Ruben Neves prepares to join Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia

Many people will be agreeing with McCoist’s comments about Neves.

There is more frustration with him, because he is not a player who is coming to the end of his career.

Many feel he is ‘selling his soul’, when he could easily be going to a top club in Europe and competing to win trophies.

These are absolutely valid points.

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But Neves is doing what he wants to do. The money he’s been offered must be absolutely mind-blowing, because he was previously so adamant about wanting to play in the Champions League again.

We just have to see how this plays out.

Neves could come back to Europe in a couple of years. It is very easy to slam him right now, but who knows – he may eventually return to play in the Champions League just a little later than he had initially intended.

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