Wolves and manager Bruno Lage could be set for a massive boost in the days leading up to the 2022-23 Premier League season after star midfielder Rúben Neves looks set to remain at the Molineux after he was widely anticipated to depart the club this summer.
Per reports in The Mirror (citing The Mail), Wolves are said to have grown confident that the 24-year-old Portuguese international is not only set to remain at the club but could also be in line for an extension of his existing terms which are set to expire after the 2023-24 season.
Though Wolves have been a fixture in the top half of the Premier League table in three of their four seasons since earning promotion after their stunning Championship campaign in 2017-18, Neves was said to be looking for a bigger challenge at a top club after last season, with Wolves happy to let him depart if they received the full valuation of the Santa Maria da Feir native which amounted to a reported £70m.
Despite not being prolific in either the goals or assists department for Wolves since his arrival from FC Porto, Neves has been the club’s most consistent performer while offering some of their most memorable goals in the last five seasons which have included multiple long-range blockbusters that have left both die-hard supporters and neutral fans stunned.
Both Manchester United and Arsenal were linked with interest in Neves across different phases of the current summer window, with the Red Devils strongly considering him as an alternative to Frenkie de Jong after it became increasingly clear that the Dutch international star would either opt to stay at Barcelona or potentially consider a switch to fellow Premier League side Chelsea.
Should Neves indeed remain on the outskirts of Birmingham, it would signal an impressive coup for the club as they look to hopefully get back to challenging for a top seven place moving forward.