Wolverhampton Wanderers legend Kenny Hibbitt believes Joao Moutinho still has plenty left in the tank, amid concerns he’s on the decline.

The veteran midfielder has endured a pretty testing season this time around, having wowed in his first two campaigns.

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The ex-Monaco maestro has come in for a little bit of criticism, but has still had a number of great games.

Of course, Moutinho is coming to the end of his playing career at the age of 34.

But in the eyes of Hibbitt, the star still has a lot to offer despite his advancing years.

 

He said (via Shropshire Star): “Well, it doesn’t matter what age you are as long as you’re doing your job right

“Look at Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he’s 39 years old and still scoring goals. When we were playing, you’d hit the 30 and were classed as on your way out.

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“Moutinho looks pretty fit to me. He doesn’t look like he’s lost his legs or anything.

“His brain is still as sharp, too. Of course, as you get older, you lose half a yard, but as long as you’re fit and strong, it doesn’t matter what age you are.

Moutinho has Nuno’s faith

There’s no doubting the faith Nuno Espirito Santo still has in Moutinho.

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He is still a majorly important first-team player, with the manager having handed him 27 Premier League appearances so far (most of which have been starts).

Perhaps he’ll start taking up a more reduced role next season in order to keep his chances of remaining influential for the team high.

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