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Wolves could be under big pressure to keep Ruben Neves this summer

Wolves might well have put themselves under big pressure to keep hold of Ruben Neves this summer.

The midfielder has been in outstanding form so far this season.

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He – like several other players in the squad – appears to have reached a new level under Bruno Lage.

He will undoubtedly be key to any push for European football in the second half of the season.

But one wonders if Wolves’ lack of activity last month could be something that comes back to bite the club.

Currently, Wanderers are sitting just four points off the top four.

That is brilliant going. But it is going to take a huge effort to seal European football.

Wolves have injured players coming back, but who knows if they will hit the ground running as everybody hopes.

It just feels like there should have been maybe one or two ‘first-team ready’ additions.

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At this point, failure to secure European football might have disastrous consequences for the club in terms of keeping holding of Neves.

The player spoke in an interview recently about wanting to play in the Champions League again.

He has been at the club for a while now. And this summer he will have two years left on his contract.

There is potential for Neves – who cost around £16 million (BBC Sport) – to move on, which probably becomes much more likely if Wolves haven’t managed to secure some kind of European football.

Wolves facing uncomfortable summer over Ruben Neves

The lack of activity in January ultimately might end up costing Wolves the chance to play in a European competition.

And in turn, there might then be a greater chances of Neves leaving.

Manchester United and Arsenal have already been linked with him recently.

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Surely, Wolves would have to at least get into the Europa League if they wanted to stand a chance of keeping Neves.

Failure to do that might make it really hard to keep him.

Neves loves the club, and fans absolutely adore him. But he unquestionably has the ability to be playing for Champions League club now. Unfortunately, heartbreak over Neves is an uncomfortable possibility this year.