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Lage admits he wanted Gibbs-White to stay at Wolves

Bruno Lage has admitted he didn’t want Morgan Gibbs-White to leave Wolves on loan.

The English midfielder has joined Sheffield United in the Championship for the season.

And as per the Express and Star, Lage said he’d rather have kept the playmaker around.

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“I prefer him to stay but I need to respect the player and Morgan wants to play more. I respect, a lot, that ambition,” said Lage.

“I can give chances to improve in training but I don’t negotiate about time on the pitch, so I couldn’t make the promise and in the end the club and him took the decision to go on loan.

“The way he work and played for us in the games, and in Nottingham, I can see it is also a good decision for him and he can improve.”

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Loan exit makes even less sense now

Letting Gibbs-White go on loan when Wolves have so few midfield options didn’t make sense anyway.

Not least because Wolves didn’t get a replacement in, and because Gibbs-White had impressed in pre-season.

Conor Coady said he’d been ‘brilliant’ during the summer and now it is clear Lage didn’t want to lose the midfielder either.

That makes the move even more baffling and the scrutiny on it will be even sharper if Wolves suffer midfield injuries in the weeks ahead.

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