Bruno Lage has revealed that Joao Moutinho sometimes needs to be told to go inside from Wolves training to rest up and recover
The manager has spoken about the veteran midfielder in his interview for the second series of ‘Ask Wolves’.
The 35-year-old’s name cropped up when Lage was speaking about training and how players may need to work on certain things, which may require extra work individually or in small groups.
Lage spoke about how players need to understand each of their teammates’ games to improve cohesion.
And Lage picked out Moutinho as a bad example, because he ought to be training slightly less due to his age.
He said: “Joao is not a good example, because Joao he did everything, but a player aged 35 is different to a player aged 20, so maybe he needs to recover more or maybe he doesn’t need to work so much, intensity but not a long period, and he doesn’t need to learn everything, and maybe a younger player needs to learn everything.”
Moutinho is renowned for being a top professional.
He has had an amazing career, and has very rarely been out for long periods with injury.
And given his quality, he has always been selected to play wherever he has been, which is a clear indicator of his professionalism.
And Lage joked that professionalism never takes a day off.
“But Joao is not a good example because sometimes it’s hard, we need to tell him, ‘Go inside, rest, recover. Every time he wants to be here.” he added.
Currently, Wolves and Moutinho are locked in talks about a potential new deal for the player.
His current contract expires at the end of next month.
Joao Moutinho is the ultimate professional and needs retaining by Wolves, as Bruno Lage makes training claim
Lage’s comments about Moutinho are hardly surprising.
It is not difficult to believe that it is hard to drag him off the training pitch given the way he has conducted himself throughout his career.
Moutinho loves football, and he is clearly a man without any kind of ego.
It’s fantastic that Wolves have had a player like him gracing Molineux for the past four years.
And his spell with the club doesn’t have to end this summer.
Wolves should be looking to get the star signed up to a new deal, ready to help the team again.
The club have already lost John Ruddy and Romain Saiss – two leaders – and Moutinho departing would be worrying.