Wolverhampton midfielder Ruben Neves has distanced himself from speculation that the footballer could be ready for a big-money summer move, insisting he’s ‘pleased’ to work with new coach Bruno Lage and ‘completely focused’ on the campaign ahead. Portugal international notched up five goals and an assist in the PL last season.
His displays across the season have reportedly made him a target for both Arsenal and Man United. Reports last month claimed the Gunners had held negotiations with Ruben’s agent, Jorge Mendes, over a possible deal. At the same time, Neves has also been identified as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba at Man United.
However, the 24-year-old midfielder, who still has three years remaining on his current deal with Wolves, appears to have ruled out a transfer move as the team step up their preparations for the new campaign under Bruno Lage Nuno Espirito Santo’s successor at Wolves.
The Portuguese midfielder stressed that he was entirely concentrated on Wolverhampton’s forthcoming season as he brushed off the rumours surrounding his future in the wake of the side’s pre-season win against Coventry City. ‘When you want to play at the highest level of football, you have to be ready,’ Neves said.
‘It’s my job, and I need to work hard. I had a great time with family, and now I’m entirely focused here to fit the start of the Premier League. It’s about pre-season and hard work, getting fit for the Premier League.’
‘That’s the main thing. We are getting the ideas of the new coach, and I think we are doing well. We have a lot to improve, but I think we are doing a great job.’