Wolves don’t need to qualify for Champions League to keep top stars – Nuno

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has recently suggested that his side do not need to secure Champions League football to keep hold of their best players.

Wolves in Champions League battle

Wolves were most certainly the surprise package of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Despite having only regained their top-flight status the campaign prior, Nuno Espirito Santo’s outfit took the English top-flight by storm – clinching a 7th-place finish to secure Europa League football.

And, so far, despite the added pressure that comes with playing in Europe, the Midlands-based outfit have enjoyed another sensational season.

Wolves were sniffing around the European places back in March. And back-to-back victories since this month’s restart meant that they began Saturday only behind 5th-placed Manchester United due to goal difference.

Following their victory over Aston Villa, Wolves are now, of course, above United, but the Reds Devils do have a game in hand.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers looks looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers at American Express Community Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Wolves don’t need CL to keep big names

As things stand, finishing 5th this season would see Wolves earn Champions League football for 2020/21, due to Manchester City’s European ban.

Such an achievement, meanwhile, would presumably position the Molineux outfit in a far better situation when it comes to keeping hold of some of their big-name stars.

The likes of Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore and Ruben Neves have all once again been in top form this season, with Sky Sports News reporting that the trio have all been linked with moves away from Wolves as a result.

However, Nuno Santo is seemingly of the opinion that his side do not need to clinch a Champions League spot to retain the services of their top assets:

“I don’t think that’s the reason they are here. The reason is they enjoy working together so we don’t have to achieve anything to retain them. At no point am I thinking about it.

“We don’t think about that (the top four). There’s no race for anything, the race is to compete, improve and make good games. This is the challenge for every team in this moment.

“I’m very proud of the work we have been doing. We have begun to build something, we did the right things and we are still in a building process. We have achieved important and remarkable things but still have a long way to go, there is still a lot of room to improve.

“When we started we didn’t know what was in front of us but we know we had a fantastic club to take care of and try to become as huge as it was in its past history.”

Quotes via Sky Sports News.

Traore-Jimenez link-up

The Traore-Jimenez partnership is one those in a position of power at Wolves will no doubt be keen to maintain for the foreseeable future, especially considering how well the pair have performed since the campaign’s resumption:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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