Wolves set to tie down Moutinho for long-term

Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves player of the season Joao Moutinho says the club will dare to dream bigger next season after a fantastic return to the top flight.

Wolves are in advanced talks with Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho over a new contract with negotiations set to be concluded in the coming days.

The Telegraph report that the 33-year-old could officially put pen to paper on the deal before the end of the month, providing fans at Molineux with a much-needed boost after a tough start to the season.

Moutinho did not start on Thursday night as Wolves suffered their third straight defeat, going down 1-0 to Sporting Braga in the Europa League group phase.

It was a surprise to see him benched as he had started in all of the club’s six qualifying ties for the competition, including the second leg of the Pyunik tie when Wolves had already established a 4-0 lead from the first leg in Yerevan.

Moutinho’s current contract is set to expire at the end of this season but he remains a key player for manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

Signed for just £5 million from Monaco last summer, he appeared in all 38 Premier League games for Wolves last season, clocking over 3,000 minutes on the pitch as Nuno’s men finished seventh in the table on their return to the top flight.

He scored a stunning goal at Old Trafford as his side claimed a 1-1 draw against Manchester United and won Wolves’ player of the year at the end-of-season awards.

So it is hardly a shock to hear that the club are planning for him to be part of their plans for the long-term.

Moutinho, who is expected to return to the Wolves line-up against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this weekend, revealed his desire to prolong his stay in England last season.

“It’s good to be here, my family likes it, my daughter loves her school and I love the play here in the Premier League,” he said in April.