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Neves compliments former Wolves star Goncalves after Sporting CP draw

Wolves have now played all of their pre-season matches ahead of the 2022/23 season.

The club took on Sporting CP and SC Farense over the weekend, with both games finishing 1-1.

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It has been a successful past few weeks for Bruno Lage, who has really worked his players in the scorching heat of Spain and Portugal.

The manager will now oversee his final few sessions before the first Premier League game of the season away at Leeds United on Saturday.

The game with Sporting in particular was always going to make for interesting viewing.

Ruben Amorim had named a few players in his team with links to Wanderers.

Francisco Trincao played, having spent last season on loan at Molineux from Barcelona.

And Matheus Nunes also featured. He is thought to be a player of interest to Wolves.

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Also in Sporting’s starting XI was Pedro Goncalves, the man who left Molineux a few years ago.

Goncalves departed without ever making a Premier League appearances. He joined Farmalicao for an undisclosed fee and, after an impressive season, he moved to Sporting where has been a major hit.

He’s played 78 games for the club so far, and scored 38 goals and made 18 assists – a truly fantastic return for an attacking midfielder.

Perhaps it was inevitable that Goncalves would get on the scoresheet against his former club on Saturday. He converted from the penalty spot after a challenge from Nathan Collins.

That was after Ruben Neves had scored a penalty of his own for Wolves, and the pair had an interaction on Instagram after the game.

Goncalves uploaded some pictures from the game along with the caption ‘All together. Happy to have faced former teammates and friends that I like dearly. Much success’.

Neves commented saying ‘a pleasure to see you play’, with Goncalves responding ‘I learned well from you’.

Mutual respect between two brilliant players Goncalves and Neves

It’s nice to see such an interaction.

Goncalves never made a Premier League experience but there’s no doubt he’ll have spent plenty of time training with the first-team during his time at the club.

He will surely have picked up plenty of things playing with and against Neves.

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His development has been very impressive since leaving Molineux, and one wonders if after this coming season he might potentially move on from Sporting.

There will no doubt be some Wolves fans hoping he’ll make a return to the club some day.

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