Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Bruno Lage believes that Wolves can keep hold of midfield marvel Ruben Neves as long as the club are able to “create a big team”.

Rumours surrounding the 24-year-old midfielder’s future always circulate when a new transfer window opens, and that’s unlikely to change in the January market.

The former Porto man who helped propel the club into the Premier League and Europa League is not short of admirers.

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And after already having a taste of Champions League football during his time at the Portuguese giants, Neves has recently admitted how much he misses playing in the biggest club competition on the planet.

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Although Wolves’ number eight declared how much he had grown to love the Black Country, Lage knows the club will only be able to keep hold of Ruben Neves if we match his lofty ambitions.

Speaking to the Mirror, Lage said: “Ruben feels this is his second home – and happiness comes with that.

“That’s good, but it’s another thing to convince him to stay. It’s not about a contract or money. It’s about creating a big team that fights for different things.

“Ruben is in that place where he needs a different challenge. And we also want a different challenge for the club.”

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Neves will be eager to showcase his big match exploits in the Premier League clash against Manchester United, a side that Neves has faced more than any other (10) during his career.

The Portuguese international will be coming up against his compatriots Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Wolves are doing quite well in the Premier League at the moment and are in the race for the European places.

Neves is a very good and ambitious player, and we agree with Lage.

The Wolves owners have shown a lot of ambition in the past, and we think that they should continue to invest in the team and try to push the side further up the Premier League.

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