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Journalist shares the 'sticking point' in Joao Moutinho contract negotiations

Wolves are still in negotiations with Joao Moutinho about a contract extension.

The club are hopeful of keeping the 35-year-old, whose current deal expires this summer.

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Moutinho himself is said to want to stay at the club.

Fans have been wondering what the hold up is, if both parties seemingly want the same thing.

According to The Athletic’s Tim Spiers, the sticking point is the length of the contract. Supposedly, Moutinho would like a two-year deal.

Presumably, Wolves would be looking to offer the player a one-year deal, given the fact he turns 36 in September.

Moutinho enjoyed a pretty good 2021/22 season for Wolves.

Some were surprised that he stayed at the club last summer given he did struggle in 2020/21 and often looked off the pace in games.

But the arrival of Bruno Lage breathed new life into the veteran, and had some absolutely superb performances this season.

His partnership with Ruben Neves was particularly impressive at times.

One thinks back to the game against Manchester United in January at Old Trafford, with the pair running the show, and Moutinho scoring the winning goal.

Moutinho has definitely earned a new deal, but it remains to be seen if an agreement can be reached.

It would be a real shame to lose him given he supposedly does want to stay.

Wolves need to keep Joao Moutinho this summer, amid claims of a sticking point in contract negotiations

Wolves would be losing a huge player if Moutinho left Molineux this summer.

He has shown he is still fit enough to play in the Premier League. And he is a model professional, and one of the leaders in the dressing room.

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If that is the only way he would agree to stay then perhaps Wolves should bow to his demands.

He doesn’t have to be a regular in the starting XI for the whole time, and his leadership both on and off the pitch would potentially be invaluable.