Ruben Neves confirms Wolves’ worst fears with emotional transfer revelation
Ruben Neves thinks he might have played his last game for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Portugal international Neves has had a great season under Bruno Lage and clubs are set to fight for his signature in the summer transfer window. The 25-year-old is believed to be of interest to Barcelona, while Arsenal and Manchester United are also keen on the midfielder.
Neves, captain of Porto in the Champions League at 18, has never hidden his desire to return to the biggest stage in European football. And Wolves’ failure to bring European football back to Molineux could force him to leave after five years at the club.
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Asked about his future after Wolves’ loss to Liverpool, Neves said: “The only thing I can tell you at the moment is that everyone knows what football is, what our lives are. Our career is really short and we have to seize the opportunities that come our way.
“We all have dreams and we have to live those dreams in a short period of time. Let’s see what happens, I can’t say too much.
Neves was visibly emotional as the Wolves players embarked on the lap of honor at Molineux after the final home game against Norwich City last weekend. The Portuguese became a favorite of Wolves fans and a chant of ‘Don’t sell Neves’ was sung throughout that draw with the Canaries.
“This club means a lot,” continued Neves. “It means everything to me and my family. My children grew up in Wolverhampton. I have three children and they were all born when I was here. It means a lot to me and people mean a lot to me. They really helped me settle here.
“If I go there, it will be really difficult for me and my family, but as I told you, we dream of living in a small space of time, and if something happens, that’s why I was so emotional in the last home game.
“I don’t know how it’s going to be, but if it was my last game, it’s really important. As I told you, I don’t know anything yet so for now I’m only thinking about my holidays and to the national team.
Neves has played some of his best football under Lage this season. The injury he suffered against Leeds United in March derailed Wolves’ campaign as Neves was ruled out for six weeks.
He scored four goals and two assists – only Raul Jimenez has managed more for Wolves in the Premier League. Neves enjoyed playing under Lage after four years working with Nuno Espirito Santo.
Neves added: “It’s a different style of play. He’s a different coach and everyone has their own style, their own vision of the game. We’ve changed a lot from Nuno to Bruno. We tried to have more ball and we showed it during the season.
“We had a lot of chances to progress in the league and we didn’t. I think today we proved again what kind of game we want to play. We had a lot of moments in this game and pushed Liverpool to chase the ball. That’s the image we want people to see of us – a team that are really good when they have the ball, but when we have to defend we are really good at this domain.”