Scott Sellars raves over Joao Moutinho as Wolves finally announce new contract
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Scott Sellars raves over Joao Moutinho as Wolves finally announce new contract

Scott Sellars has lauded Joao Moutinho, with the midfielder officially signing a new contract at Wolves.

Fans had grown a little worried when the club failed to make an announcement regarding the player on June 30.

Some feared an agreement had not been reached, and that Moutinho was departing as a free agent.

But the club have today announced that the 35-year-old has agreed an extension by one year. It is thought that the reason it took a while to reach an agreement was because Moutinho had initially wanted two more years.

It is brilliant news, with Moutinho a hugely important figure at Molineux.

Last term, he played some fantastic football under Bruno Lage, having struggled the season before.

He was mostly back to his best, and his partnership with Ruben Neves was excellent at times.

To date, Moutinho has clocked up 176 appearances for the club.

He will now add quite a few more to that tally, and the majority of supporters are delighted.

And the club’s technical director Sellars is also very pleased an agreement has been reached.

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He said of the veteran (Wolves official): “He’s a huge influence in the dressing room, with the younger players, and sets standards that they follow. His and Bruno’s relationship is very important. As a coach, you like players who can solve things on the pitch, and Joao is certainly one of them.

“During his time with us, and the data will prove it, he hasn’t dropped his performance levels, with the football and physically, he’s very fit and very professional, so it’s no surprise he’s still playing to such a high standard at his age. 

“You don’t play at the top for so long, being a regular international for Portugal, if you’ve not got the right mentality and attitude. If you’re going to be a professional athlete, you’ve got to have competitiveness with whatever you do, and he has that in abundance.

“If you look at him across the board – technically, physically and mentally, how he is around the place, he’s so important, and we look forward to seeing Joao back at Compton this week and being a part of the squad this season.”

Moutinho will be back with the rest of the squad for pre-season on Wednesday.

Great news regarding Moutinho, but Wolves must now add new faces

Wolves getting Moutinho re-signed is really good news.

And, seemingly, the club have gotten their way getting him on a one-year deal. That’s ideal, as Moutinho is obviously not getting any younger.

Having lost John Ruddy, Fernando Marcal and Romain Saiss, it was really important to retain the maestro.

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And now, Wolves must follow this up with some new faces.

Really, Moutinho should be playing less in the coming season than he did in 2021/22.

Hopefully, Wanderers can make a breakthrough with their reported pursuit of Matheus Nunes.