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Dave Edwards urges Wolves to keep Joao Moutinho, but fears he could depart

Former Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards has said he would do ‘everything’ to keep Joao Moutinho at the club this summer.

The veteran midfielder stands to leave the club at the end of the current season.

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His contract will be up, and it’s possible the star could move on to pastures new.

The 35-year-old has been with the club now since 2018, when he joined from AS Monaco for a bargain £5 million.

Moutinho has enjoyed a tremendous campaign, after struggling a little last term.

He has bounced back in a huge way, and played some of his best football since arriving at the club.

Bruno Lage very quickly took a shine to him. He has often praised him this season for his professionalism, work ethic and leadership.

He has been a constant pick in midfield despite his advancing years, and he definitely hasn’t looked like a player in his mid-thirties.

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Many Wolves fans are desperately hoping he agrees an extension, and Edwards is someone firmly in that camp. But he does fear he could depart.

Writing for the Express & Star, he said: “I think it’s so important the club do everything they can to keep him around.

“All those factors like his age, family, wanting to be close to home can play into it, but he’s been a wonderful player for Wolves in the four seasons he’s been here.

“He is pivotal in the way they play. I’d be gutted to see him leave but I don’t think it’s looking good at the moment, unfortunately.”

Could Joao Moutinho actually leave Wolves this summer?

It is certainly something that vast majority of Wolves fans don’t want to entertain.

The ace has been fantastic this term. And his contributions have also helped Ruben Neves to reach a totally different level.

Wolves are seemingly hopeful of keeping Moutinho around. Journalist Liam Keen recently last month that discussions had commenced.

And Lage has always spoken really warmly about the maestro.

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But it probably all boils down to whether Moutinho himself wants to stay.

One wonders if Wolves securing European football will play a big part in his thinking. Maybe that would convince him to do one more season.

Otherwise, it’s possible he’d fancy a stint back in his homeland – as is a common arc with footballers – before finally hanging up his boots.