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Steve Bull urges Wolves to keep Joao Moutinho

Wolves legend Steve Bull has urged the club to keep Joao Moutinho, with the midfielder’s contract soon expiring.

The club and the player remain in talks about a potential extension.

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Recently it was claimed that there was a sticking point, with Moutinho wanting two more years at the club and Wolves only being prepared to offer one.

Moutinho commented on his future last week, stating that there would be news ‘in due course’. His current deal expires at the end of the month.

Many Wolves supporters are hoping that Moutinho is retained by the club.

In 2021/22, Moutinho showed a good level, bouncing back from a tough campaign in 2020/21.

He had a string of fine performances in midfield alongside Ruben Neves, and certainly didn’t show his age.

In the eyes of Bull, Wolves need to keeping Moutinho at all costs.

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He wrote in his latest Express & Star column: “It would make sense to me to give him a two-year contract that could be structured in such a way that he could go on to be part of the club’s coaching staff.

“He has so much experience at club and international level that he would be an absolute goldmine of information for young players coming through.

“You don’t play more than 140 games of international football without having something about you and I think he would be perfect in a player-coach role.

Steve Bull is right, Wolves need to keep Joao Moutinho

He may well ended up declining, but it is surely still worth it for Wolves to keep Moutinho around, and giving him two years if that’s what he wants.

He brings much more than just his quality on the pitch.

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£100,000-a-week star Moutinho, who captained Portugal at the weekend, is an incredible professional and a leader.

As Bull suggests, him being around those younger players coming through could be absolutely invaluable.

He’ll have many pearls of wisdom to pass on, and it would be a huge shame if he was to depart.