Key Wolves player Adama Traore has refused to rule out moving to Real Madrid in the future after speaking on Spanish television.
Despite the Barcelona-academy prospect coming through La Masia, he says that would not impact his decision as to join Los Blancos.
In fact, the winger even admitted that his departure happened in a way which he didn’t like, suggesting that he doesn’t exactly hold the strongest allegiance to his former employer.
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With the Spaniard in such great form in the Premier League, it was only a matter of time before the so-called ‘bigger clubs’ would start swarming around the 23-year-old – and now it’s rumoured that Real want him, per Sports Mole.
Speaking on La Sexta show Jugones, Traore said (via Sports Mole): “If I do not have the option of Barca and I have to go to Real Madrid, I do not close any doors.
“There was a misunderstanding with Barca. Something happened that I didn’t like, but I prefer to keep it for myself.”
Wolves fans won’t feel particularly easy about these comments, though they are hardly an indication that he is leaving the club.
It’s been a sharp rise for Adama Traore. After failing to establish himself as a regular over the past campaign – only starting eight of the club’s 38 matches – he is now up there with one of the first names on the team sheet.
Some will even describe Traore as the best player for the club so far this season. In fact, that’s what popular stats website WhoScored thinks, with their algorithm making him stand out as by far the best performer. It says from his 20 games this season he averages a huge match rating of 7.74/10 in the league. For context, the second-highest average at Wolves is 7.35/10 for Willy Boly. Within the whole division, only Kevin de Bruyne has a better rating of 7.95.
Despite only grabbing four goals and four assists, he averages a mammoth 5.6 dribbles per game – the highest in the division by quite some way.
This dribbling threat has been a key threat for the club this year and would thus be a huge loss if he was to go, however, given how well Wolves are doing and how well things are going for him at the moment, it would be hugely surprising to see him leave in January.