Ruben Neves has conceded his Wolves future is in doubt, amid continued transfer speculation.
The midfielder started for Wanderers yesterday at Anfield in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, and it’s possible that was his final outing for the club.
Neves looked emotional as he walked around the pitch after the draw against Norwich City at Molineux.
And yesterday, things again looked a little ominous as he applauded the travelling supporters.
Neves has been linked with a move away from Wolves now for several months.
He has enjoyed an absolutely fantastic season, taking his game to a new level under Bruno Lage.
It has led to reports of interest from the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal.
With the season now over, it is likely that speculation will soon pick up significantly.
And Neves has admitted that he could be on his way. He told The Athletic: “Everyone knows about what football is about, what our lives are about. Our careers are really short, we need to take the opportunities we have. Of course, all of us have dreams and we need to live those dreams in a short space of time.
“Let’s see what happens. I cannot say too much about it.”
Neves has been with Wolves for five years now, joining from FC Porto.
He helped lift Wolves out of the Championship and into the Premier League, and has played a key role in helping the club to become established in the top-flight.
Supporters adore him, and the feeling is mutual. So any exit this summer will be with a heavy heart for the player.
“This club means everything for me, for my family. My kids grew up in Wolverhampton; I have three kids, they were all born when I was here, “he added. “If I go it would be really hard for me and my family. But, as I told you, we have dreams to live in a short space of time. And if anything happens, that’s why I was so emotional the last game at home because I don’t know how it’s going to be. If it was my last game it was really important.”
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These comments really point towards Neves leaving Wolves.
And no can begrudge him moving on to bigger and better things given his service to the club.
He is a truly fantastic player, and his talents are befitting of a club that is playing in the Champions League.
One wonders if it would have been easier for Wolves to keep hold of him had they been able to offer some form of European football.
Sadly, it might be that which ultimately sees the player move on.