Wolves agreement with 176-game star is now 'key priority' at Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Bruno Lage points the way

Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Bruno Lage will have made tying Joao Moutinho down to a fresh contract a ‘key priority’ at Molineux, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Moutinho joined Wolves in a £5million switch from Monaco four years ago, but today could prove to be his last day on the West Midlands club’s books.

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What’s the latest news involving Moutinho?

Moutinho has been Wolves’ highest-paid player on his current contract, with the deal being worth £100,000-per-week.

But that agreement officially expires today, meaning the 35-year-old may have already featured in the Black and Gold for the final time.

Wolves have suffered a setback in their hopes of keeping Moutinho at the club as, according to MailOnline, internal talks have stalled.

The report suggests the 145-cap Portugal international has a fresh 12-month deal on the table but he is exploring alternative options due to ideally seeking a proposal lasting a minimum of two years.

Uncertainty over Moutinho’s future has led to clubs being put on red alert and Jornal de Noticias, via Sport Witness, have previously claimed the central midfielder could return to his homeland after departing Molineux.

What has Pete O’Rourke said about Moutinho?

O’Rourke believes Wolves have not lost hope as they look to come to an agreement over fresh terms with Moutinho.

The journalist feels the Portuguese ace has played a key role since heading to the Premier League for the first time in his career.

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As a result, he reckons Lage – who was appointed as Wolves’ head coach last summer – has made keeping Moutinho in the West Midlands a primary aim.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “I think tying down someone like Moutinho, who has been a good servant to Wolves and been a quality player for them, will be a key priority now for Bruno Lage as he wants to sort his future out as soon as possible.”

Would Moutinho’s exit come as a huge blow for Wolves?

Moutinho headed to Wolves having won the European Championships, Europa League and top flight titles in Portugal and France, and he has not disappointed.

The former Porto star has been a key cog in the heart of the Molineux outfit’s midfield, making 176 appearances and registering 28 goal contributions along the way.

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He has struck up a profitable partnership with fellow countryman Ruben Neves, with the duo playing more than 11,000 minutes alongside each other.

While there has been uncertainty over where his future lies, Moutinho’s performances did not falter and statistics show he was in the 93rd percentile, among Premier League midfielders, for long passes completed last season.

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