Deco hails Vitinha and is glad Wolves didn't sign the midfielder
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Deco hails Vitinha and is glad Wolves didn't sign the midfielder

Portugal legend Deco has hailed Vitinha, and said he is glad Wolves didn’t sign the star.

The youngster is going from strength to strength with Porto, after returning to the club following a loan spell in the Black Country.

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Vitinha only made 22 appearances during his time at Molineux.

Nuno Espirito Santo was reluctant to use the maestro over the likes of Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker.

He scored just one goal, which was a stunning strike against Chorley in the FA Cup.

In the end, Wolves declined the chance to sign the player for around £17 million.

And ever since that decision, Vitinha has been on a mission to make Wolves look silly.

He is now a regular starter for Porto and regular impresses by dominating games from midfield.

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And at the weekend he made headlines by scoring a stunning goal from distance.

Wolves aren’t necessarily missing him right now, but he’s undoubtedly looking like someone who could have flourished in the longer term at Molineux.

Porto legend Deco has spoken of his relief that Wolves didn’t sign Vitinha permanently.

He said (A Bola): “In this particular case, I see a real star, a player with enormous potential, who is already one of the team references.

“Happy at the time when Wolverhampton did not exercise the right of option to buy for him! FC Porto was clearly gaining from this and was left with an added value in their squad.”

Deco sees future star in Vitinha, and Wolves look to have made a mistake

Maybe Vitinha didn’t quite do enough to warrant a permanent move to Molineux.

But that does not make his current trajectory any easier to stomach.

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Vitinha is clearly benefitting immensely from just being given the chance to show what he can do regularly. It’s a shame he didn’t get more opportunities last season.

Quite possible, Vitinha could well be another Pedro Goncalves, who left Wolves in 2018 and is now a top-class player for Sporting CP.