Wolverhampton Wanderers skipper Conor Coady is being linked with a move to the new richest club in the world, Newcastle United.
According to The Sun, the Magpies are interested in the England international.
The report comes suspiciously after Coady had a kind word to say about the club on talkSPORT earlier in the week.
He was asked for his thoughts about their takeover, and said that they were an ‘absolutely incredible football club’.
Perhaps this report was inevitable.
But realistically, Coady just isn’t going anywhere, amid Newcastle’s massive new financial might.
For starters, Coady signed a new contract last year.
While Newcastle would have no problem affording Coady, it is on the player to agree to a move.
It does not seem likely that he would agitate for a move, especially after signing that contract.
There was some talk about how much Coady would feature this season under Lage, who did prefer a 4-4-2 system at Benfica.
But the ex-Liverpool man has started every game so far, and clearly has the trust of his manager. Just as he had it time and time again from Nuno Espirito Santo.
Lage could well switch things up later down the line. But even if that was to happen, it’s hard to see Coady leaving Molineux.
That’s because he is a world-class leader.
Everybody at the club loves and respects him, and that is something that counts for a lot.
He may not be a top-class defender, but his influence at Wolves is huge.
Max Kilman lauded Coady back in August, describing him as not only ‘a top player’, but ‘a fantastic role model’ as well.
There is also the thing of Wolves not having many centre-back options at the moment.
Willy Boly and Romain Saiss are heading to AFCON in January, and Yerson Mosquera is injured.
Cashing in on Coady would just be a risky thing to do mid-season, even if a big offer from mega-rich Newcastle was forthcoming.
Coady loves the club and is settled in the Black Country.
While he’s in the team, it really is very hard to see him in anything other than old gold.