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Joao Moutinho could have made Premier League move years before coming to Wolves

For many, Joao Moutinho is one of the finest players ever to wear the Wolves shirt.

The star came to Molineux in the summer following the club’s promotion back to the Premier League.

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The club spent just £5 million to sign him from AS Monaco, and it was a transfer that didn’t prompt too much fuss at the time.

But that £5 million would prove to be incredible business, with Moutinho showcasing his class for the next four years.

The ace’s technical ability, combined with his remarkable professionalism and durability have firmly established him as a legend of the club.

He’s now into his fifth term at Molineux, and it remains to be seen if this will be his last.

It looked touch and go during the summer if he would stay at the club. His contract was expiring, but Wanderers eventually announced they’d handed him a one-year extension.

And this term, he’s still been central to Bruno Lage’s plans, making five Premier League appearances so far.

It’s difficult to imagine a Wolves team, or squad, without Moutinho.

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But interestingly, he might never have made a move to Wolves had Chelsea been successful with a pursuit.

Their former manager Andre Villas-Boas has given an interview with the Telegraph in which he says he attempted to land the midfield maestro.

He says: “If the Modric deal was not to be done there was the [Joao] Moutinho deal to be done. That was the promise of Roman at that time.

“Moutinho joined the Premier League years and years after I tried – proposing to both Chelsea and Tottenham – and everybody has seen the player that he is. So that denial of him was a failure that you can’t [blame on] a coach. I thought that we had the Modric deal done and he ended up in Real Madrid the season after. Then the Moutinho deal was to be done with Porto. But the problem was the deal (for Chelsea) for the left-back of Porto, Alvaro Pereira, fell through.”

Villas-Boas’ loss was Wolves’ gain, as manager claims he tried to sign Joao Moutinho years ago for Chelsea

This is an interesting claim from Villas-Boas.

Moutinho joining Chelsea years ago might have meant the star would never have joined Wanderers, which is strange to contemplate.

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He has been such a cental figure to Wolves’ success during the Fosun era.

Sometimes things just fall right into place, and Wanderers supporters have been really treated over the past four years.