Ruben Neves has sung the praises of former Wolves loan star Vitinha.

The midfielder has given an interview with Portuguese outlet Record, and been very complimentary about a player Wolves chose not to sign during the last transfer window.

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Vitinha spent the whole of 2021/22 at Molineux, but only made 22 appearances for the club.

Former manager Nuno Espirito Santo was very loyal to his more senior options like Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker.

His reluctance to give Vitinha a prolonged run in the starting XI annoyed some, especially with the team struggling.

Moutinho, in particular, suffered a big dip last term compared to his previous two campaigns.

But Vitinha was often left to warm the bench.

And in the end, the club decided against signing him permanently, with officials not totally convinced by what they’d seen from him.

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This season, Vitinha has quickly set about showing Wolves the error of their ways.

He is a regular FC Porto now, with the team still unbeaten in the league.

He actually scored his second goal of the season just days ago in the Taca de Portugal match against Benfica.

Right now, Vitinha is certainly uncomfortable viewing for those Wolves fans that wanted him to stay. And Neves certainly rates his former teammate highly.

He told Record: “Vitinha is one of the best players at the moment in the Portuguese league.”

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This comment from Neves probably isn’t going to go down too well with a few Wolves supporters.

Obviously he knows how good his fellow countryman is and how good he could potentially be.

That he thinks Vitinha is now one of the best players back in Portugal speaks volumes.

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And it doesn’t really come as too much of a surprise.

For weeks now, fans have been heaping praise on the maestro for the way he controls games.

Given Moutinho is now 35, it makes it even harder to watch Vitinha flourishing when Wolves had the chance to make him one of their own.

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