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Wolves can become top 6 club if they keep their stars, says manager

Chesterfield manager and former Wolves player Paul Cook has spoken about Bruno Lage’s chances of establishing the club in the top six.

He told the Express and Star Lage would be closer if Wolves had kept Diogo Jota, who has 19 goals across all competitions for Liverpool this season, as per Transfermarkt.

And he said that keeping the rest of the club’s big stars, with Ruben Neves among them, is the key to European football becoming the norm at Molineux.

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When asked if a top six charge is possible in the years to come, Cook said: “I think it depends on how long you can keep your best players.

“If Jota was still in the team playing with the rest of the lads, what a team Wolves would have. What a player he is.

“The reality is that the longer Wolves keep their best players and the recruitment stays the same, then why can’t they challenge?

“It’s great to see Wolves doing so well at the minute. Under Nuno when the recruitment drive changed to a lot of Portuguese players, all of a sudden they have such good players right through the squad.

“The reality at Wolves now is that the club is in a great place, they have great players and the supporters must be so happy.”

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Jota left Wolves at a time when it looked like he had plateaued at Molineux and has gone to new heights at a club challenging on all fronts.

The worry for Wolves is that some of their best players look at that and want a piece of that for themselves but the likes of Neves do seem settled at the club.

Talks are ongoing over a new deal for Neves, and it would be an incredible boost for the club ahead of the summer window if he signed.