Ruben Neves has revealed Joao Felix told him he would love to work with Bruno Lage, ahead of him succeeding Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves.
The midfielder made his 200th appearance for the club last weekend in the win over Tottenham Hotspur.
He has since conducted an interview with Dave Edwards for the club, reflecting on his time at Molineux so far.
It has been been an amazing five years for Neves, who is seen by many as one of the best players to have ever pulled on the old gold jersey.
He’s had some major moments, and is very much on course to become a Molineux legend.
He seems to have seriously elevated him game under Lage.
Arguably he is playing better now than ever before, and Wolves fans have been loving it.
Neves’ form won’t come as a surprise to Joao Felix, who worked with Lage at Benfica.
Felix became a key player under him as Benfica went on to win the Portuguese league title in 2019, and then seal his big-money move to Atletico Madrid that summer.
Felix relished playing under Lage, and Neves has revealed the youngster waxed lyrical about him before he pitched up at Molineux.
He said: “I’m impressed with the way he works. I didn’t know him before. As soon as the talks started, of Bruno Lage coming here, I remember speaking to Joao Felix. He told me, ‘you will love to work with him’, and that’s true.
“He’s an amazing manager to work with. Because of his mentality. He always wants to take the best from us. He’s never (100%) happy with what we did. The way he works is fantastic. The information we have about football, about the opponent, it’s massive.”
Ruben Neves loving working under Bruno Lage, just as Joao Felix thought
It looks like Felix was spot on with what he told Neves as Lage prepared to take the reins at Molineux.
It has been a brilliant first eight months in charge for the 45-year-old, who seems to have got a tune out of more or less every player. in the squad
Neves has been especially brilliant under his guidance and to hear him speaking like this is very encouraging.
It’s possible he’ll be the subject of a lot of transfer interest in the summer.
But if Neves is as happy as he suggests he is, and Wolves are backing playing European football for 2022/23, then there might be a good chance of him staying and, perhaps, even extending his contract at Molineux.