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Nathan Collins gives his first impressions of new Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui

Nathan Collins believes Wolves already have one of the best managers in the Premier League in Julen Lopetegui.

The 56-year-old has been in place now for a couple of weeks, and is working hard to prepare his players for the return of domestic football.

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The squad is currently out on Marbella for warm weather training.

Lopetegui has been putting his new players through their paces and getting a good look at everyone.

There is a game on Friday against Italian side Empoli, and then next week they are taking on Cadiz.

Wolves will then fly home ready for the Carabao Cup clash with Gillingham.

Wolves fans are hoping to see a big response from the players to Lopetegui’s arrival. He comes in with a big reputation, so there is every chance he can get a tune out of the players where Bruno Lage ultimately could not.

And £20 million signing Collins has been very impressed so far.

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He said of Lopetegui (via Wolves official): “It’s been great. He has a really good aura about him, and the lads really look up to him and respect him. What he wants from the team is really good, so the intensity in training has been there. Everyone’s buying into it and working hard, which is the most important thing.

“Straight away, he’s one of the best managers in the Premier League from his CV and pedigree. For a young player like me, or any player, to have someone like that improving you, you can’t ask for more. The minimum I can do is work hard for him and I’m sure he’ll make me a better player.”

Wolves take on Gillingham on December 20. And the game provides a great opportunity for Lopetegui to get off to a flying start.

The club sit 23rd in League Two, and have actually scored fewer league goals than Wolves this term with just six in 20 games.

Julen Lopetegui has clearly already made a big impression at Wolves as Nathan Collins sings new boss’ praises

Lopetegui came across really well in his first press conference a couple of weeks ago.

And it sounds like he’s already very popular with the players.

Hopefully his arrival will now be the catalyst for change at Molineux.

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Things were going down the pan under Lage, who had clearly lost the players towards the end of his tenure.

With a few good additions in January, there will surely be a great chance of pulling far away from the relegation zone come the end of the season.