Wolves star wasn’t nervous ahead of Premier League bow
Leander Dendoncker says he’ll ‘just keep working hard’ after making his belated Premier League debut against Chelsea on Wednesday.
The Belgian midfielder, who is at Molineux on loan but will join permanently for £12million next summer, came on for the last 10 minutes of Wolves’ 2-1 win over Chelsea.
And, although manager Nuno Espirito Santo has refused to be drawn on why Dendoncker has had to wait so long for a chance, the 23-year-old revealed his boss’ instructions.
‘(Nuno) says to keep working hard, keep training, try and stay professional, that’s what I do.’ he told reporters.
‘I have to be ready, I’ll keep working and we’ll see what comes.
‘Everyone is very supportive and kind and that helps. I’m happy to be here.
‘Of course, every player wants to play, but we’ll see about that. I’ll just keep working hard.’
Dendoncker enjoyed his brief run-out on Wednesday and said he wasn’t at all nervous to make his bow in a ‘great atmosphere’.
‘My first minutes in the Premier League, it’s always nice to start with a win and I’m happy to play my first game,’ he added.
‘It’s against Chelsea, one of the biggest teams in the league, it was a pleasure, especially because we kept the score at 2-1.
‘Nuno said to stay in front of the defence, try to keep control.
‘I wasn’t nervous, that’s not in my character. But it’s always nice to begin with a nice action and give everything for 10 minutes.
‘It was a great atmosphere, we have great fans, always supportive. They stand behind the team and that’s a great thing.’