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Vitinha grateful for 'very good' Wolves stint despite limited game time

Vitinha has described his stint at Wolves as ‘very good’, even though the midfielder didn’t get too many opportunities at Molineux.

The star has just recently completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain from FC Porto, for a fee in the region of £34 million (Goal).

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The French giants swooped for the 22-year-old after his stunning 2021/22 campaign.

Vitinha was one of the best players in Portugal last season, featuring at almost every turn for Porto as they surged to the league title.

Vitinha won three Player of the Month awards, and has just been named Young Player of the Season.

It was an amazing response to his underwhelming spell at Wolves.

The youngster made just 22 appearances for Wanderers in 2020/21, and was mostly used from the bench by Nuno Espirito Santo.

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Ultimately, officials decided he hadn’t shown enough to warrant an outlay of £17 million for a permanent transfer.

Despite him lacking opportunities, Vitinha does still look back on his spell with the club fondly.

He said in an interview with RMC Sport: “You can say that, because I didn’t leave my mark. I didn’t play much with Wolves. So we can say that. But I think it was very good. It brought me things I probably wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t gone.

“I grew a lot, including off the pitch, on the things I had to learn, on what it’s like to be in a club, outside of your country, outside your comfort zone. If I could go back, I wouldn’t change anything. Because that’s what made me come here, and have a much bigger background.”

Wolves stint probably did help shape Vitinha, with star ready to get started at PSG

Vitinha’s year at Wolves probably did a lot for him in terms of shaping him into the player he is today.

He may not have played a great deal, but as he is says himself, he put himself out of his comfort zone in just being away from his parent club in a different country.

It is just a shame that Nuno didn’t hand him more starts.

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Especially since Wolves struggled and changes to the starting XI could have been beneficial.

In the end, it was decided that Vitinha didn’t show enough and he was not signed permanently.

He’ll now play his football at the Parc des Princes, and his development from here will not make for particularly comfortable viewing for some Wolves fans. Potentially, he could go on to become a superstar.