Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves has been the subject of speculation for most of the summer.

The star is seen as one of a few players at Molineux who would be able to bring in big money.

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Ruben Neves (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

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It was claimed earlier this year that one of Neves, Adama Traore and Pedro Neto could go.

There was some talk about Arsenal wanting Neves, but that appears to have died down and Granit Xhaka has signed a new contract at the Emirates.

Manchester United have also been linked, but things have been fairly quiet in recent weeks.

Anything could happen of course, but right now, he seems more likely to stay. Especially with Traore now the subject of heavy speculation and perhaps the more likely to depart.

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Ruben Neves (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Wolves have got to keep the 24-year-old – and there was a specific moment in the game against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday that reinforced this idea.

In the second-half, Eric Dier looked to come forwards with the ball for Tottenham, but he was stopped dead in his tracks by the Portugal international.

 

It was a perfectly-timed tackle, which was then followed up with an inch-perfect pass through to Traore.

The Spaniard could not convert his one-vs-one, but in that one moment, it became clear Wolves need to retain Neves beyond this window.

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He had an absolutely brilliant game, and that piece of play just summed up what a great all-round game Neves has.

The £16 million star (BBC Sport) was superb against Leicester City, and also did very well in pre-season.

The 24-year-old really looks to be on the new manager’s wavelength.

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Ruben Neves (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Under Nuno Espirito Santo, it sometimes felt he was playing with the shackles on.

It’s early days under Lage, but there already seems to be much more to his game. He surely cannot be allowed to depart.

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