Paul Merson has said he isn’t sure how Wolves are going to keep hold of Ruben Neves this summer.

The midfielder’s future is the subject of intense speculation right now, with the star having enjoyed a fantastic campaign in 2021/22.

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Neves has been able to take his game to a new level this term.

He has responded extremely well to the arrival of Bruno Lage, and he has regularly been the standout performer in games for Wanderers.

Naturally, there has already been a lot of talk about him moving on at the end of the season.

He will have been at the club for five years this summer.

He will have two years left to run on his contract by the time the next window rolls around, and many are fearing the club could cash in on him.

In the eyes of Merson, Wanderers could have some difficulty keeping hold of him.

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The Sky Sports pundit wrote for Sportskeeda: “If I was Arsenal, I’d be going after Ruben Neves. Manchester United are going to be after him as well. I’m not sure how Wolves are going to keep him at the club, to be honest.”

Neves made a surprise return to the starting XI for Wolves yesterday in the abysmal 3-0 defeat to Brighton.

The 25-year-old had been expected to come back into the picture in May after suffering a knee injury against Leeds United.

He played the first-half at Molineux before being taken off.

Wolves will really struggle to keep Ruben Neves this summer, amid Paul Merson suggestion

Merson says he isn’t sure how Wolves will keep Neves this summer. And after yesterday’s display against Brighton, that is a view many Wolves fans will reluctantly share.

The club appear to have now thrown away the chance to play European football next season.

That might have been the only thing to keep Neves out of the clutches of another team.

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The star easily has the quality to play for a team that is in the Champions League, which he spoke about missing earlier this year.

There have been reports about him being open to leaving and telling club officials he wants to explore other options.

Frankly, it will be a miracle if he is still turning out on old gold beyond the summer 2022 window.

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