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Julen Lopetegui says he wants to be at Wolves for 'a long time'

Julen Lopetegui has told BBC Sport that he would like to stay at Wolves for ‘a long time’.

The Spaniard is now three months into his reign at Molineux, and so far things have been very positive.

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Lopetegui has overseen big change at the club.

He’s brought in six new players in the January transfer window. But the whole culture is seemingly now a lot different.

The team is fitter and hungrier. The players are more organised and goals are starting to flow a bit more regularly.

Lopetegui has demonstrated his tactical prowess. He did an absolute number on Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool last weekend, resulting in a 3-0 win for Wolves.

He has breathed new life into the club following a tricky time at the end Bruno Lage’s stint at Molineux.

Things were very negative. But there is huge optimism now, with things really starting to fall into place under Lopetegui.

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And he seems to be relishing managing in the Premier League. And he’s said what every Wolves fans wants to hear right now – that he wants a lengthy stay at the club.

He said: “Why not now and why not Wolves? First of all, I would like to be here for a long time because it is a great place for any coach. For me, it [the Premier League] is the best competition in the world. I want to be here, because Wolves wanted me to come here; they worked a lot.

“We are here and I’m happy to be here. It’s a big challenge for me and for the club too and for the players, because of course we knew what position we started in the table.”

Julen Lopetegui could become another Nuno Espirito Santo figure at Wolves as he sets sights on lengthy stay

It’s obviously very early days. But there is a feeling with Lopetegui that Wolves could do great things.

Not only is he an astute coach who demands very high standards, he is very warm and likeable.

The Molineux faithful have already taken to him. And there is potential here for him to become a legendary manager of the club like Nuno Espirito Santo.

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Wolves fans had a special relationship with Nuno, who took Wolves out of the Championship, into the Premier League, into and FA Cup semi-final and into Europe.

Hopefully, another special time is imminent, and Lopetegui can indeed be at the club for many years to come.