Joao Moutinho is a very popular figure at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The midfield maestro has proven to be exceptional business by the club following his arrival from AS Monaco in 2017.

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The Portugal international cost just £5 million (BBC Sport), and has been central to everything good about Wolves since their return to the top-flight.

The man recently turned 35 years old, so it is quite remarkable to see him still playing consistently at the highest level.

Incredibly, Moutinho has made 147 appearances for the club to date.

Few would have expected him to have been so heavily involved given he did sign at the age of 31.

But here we are, and he’s not showing any signs of letting up.

And he is clearly making a big impression on Bruno Lage, who has spoken about Moutinho’s future.

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The manager reckons Moutinho could yet be around for a while.

He said (via Birmingham Mail): “Last time I spoke with him (about his plans) he wanted to be a manager. I think he has five more years to play, then he can be a manager.

 

“What I want to say, from my point of view, is that I’m very happy with him. The personality, the way he works, the way he wants to be in training, even the way he talks with the other guys to help them to understand better the way we play.

“He needs to enjoy every day and wait for what happens.”

Lage went on to add that Moutinho himself ‘feels 28’.

Moutinho durability is unbelievable

It is an amazing claim from Lage.

It is so impressive that Moutinho can still play as much as he does. And to, generally, such a high standard as well.

He has clearly always looked after himself really well.

Hopefully, he can continue to do this in order to keep turning out in a Wolves shirt.

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One thing that can probably be deduced from Lage’s comments is that a contract extension for the player is likely.

His current deal expires at the end of the season, but it would be no surprise if an extension came soon in light of Lage’s comments.

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