Date: 28th June 2020 at 9:30am
Written by: Cristian Penfold

Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Saturday afternoon and Ruben Neves was one of many players to come away with praise for his performance. The 23-year-old got off to a slow start at Villa Park but eventually controlled the midfield and forced the substitution of Conor Hourihane and Marvelous Nakamba who couldn’t get a foothold in the game.

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Against Villa, Neves played for 90 minutes, had 70 touches, won two aerial duels, completed 81.3% of his 64 passes, created one chance, played 17 long balls with 12 finding a teammate, whipped in one cross, made two interceptions, gave away two fouls and won two free-kicks.

Wolves paid £16.1m to sign the Portuguese international from FC Porto in 2017. He’s gone on to make 128 appearances in all competitions, scoring 15 goals and making seven assists. Neves has been a regular this season, featuring 46 times across the board, but his future is uncertain amid interest from European giants.

Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old, but Wolves have tied Neves down for another three years and don’t appear keen to sell, so it looks unlikely that he’ll leave this summer.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article