Spain are playing against France in the final of the UEFA Nations League tonight. Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore is not involved.
That is because Traore was not selected for Luis Enrique’s squad.
The omission would have been disappointing for Traore, who could have potentially lifted silverware tonight.
The pacy wide player was included in the last Spain squad in September and for the Euro 2020 finals.
Minutes were very limited for Traore during the European Championships; he played just 13 minutes.
It is no coincidence that Traore’s Spain omission for the October internationals has occurred whilst failing to start the past two games for Wolves in victories over Southampton and Newcastle United.
The Spaniard being out of favour currently for both club and country is concerning. However, in the player’s mind, a transfer could possibly solve both of these issues.
New contract is a priority
Recently it emerged that Wolves were looking to finally tie Adama Traore down to a new contract.
Negotiations have taken place twice before, but on both occasions have broken down over wages.
The player’s contract at Molineux only runs until 2023. If Wolves cannot get him to sign the contract, then his days at the club are surely numbered.
Over the summer, Tottenham Hotspur reportedly expressed serious interest in the player, but Wolves rejected their bids, holding out for £50 million.
According to the Daily Mail’s most recent report on the contract situation, Wolves appear happier to make him one of the club’s best paid players now.
However, if there are signs that his gametime under new boss Bruno Lage could diminish, even a more financially attractive offer may not be enough to persuade him to join.
With new signing Hwang Hee-chan scoring two goals in the team’s victory over Newcastle, Traore seems to be behind him, Francisco Trincao and Daniel Podence, who have all started at least one of the past two games.
For now, Traore’s first task must be to convince Lage to put him back into the starting lineup.