Ruben Neves not feeling Wolves price tag pressure

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Record signing Ruben Neves says he feels no pressure from his £15million price tag – and is convinced he made the right decision in moving to Wolves.

Ruben Neves (© AMA / Sam Bagnall)

The 20-year-old Portuguese midfielder moved to Molineux from boyhood club Porto in the summer and has lit up the Championship with a series of dominant midfield displays.

In an interview with Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Neves said it was a great decision to join the current Championship leaders.

He said: "It was the best step in my career – also the first.

"Honestly, I think it was a great decision. I regret nothing and I’m more sure than ever that it was the best for me."

Neves is the most expensive player in Championship history and also Wolves' record signing, beating the £13m they paid for compatriot Helder Costa last January.

However he says he huge fee isn't an issue for him – or his team mates.

"I don’t remember that in my everyday living," he said of the price tag

"That’s more a press thing and doesn’t influence me at all.


"I don’t have any time to think about that.

"I was (made) welcome. In any team one or another player doesn’t show you confidence but that’s not the case at Wolves. We’ve a great group."

Wolves are eight points clear of third-placed Bristol City having earned 48 points from their opening 21 matches.

Neves has started every game bar one, just missing last week's 1-0 win at Blues due to being suspended for picking up five yellow cards.


Despite Wolves' substantial lead Neves repeated the mantra used by his boss Nuno Espirito Santo in that the whole squad is taking it 'game by game'.

"This is game by game, step by step," he added.

"The league is really difficult and nothing is sure until the end.

"Of course I feel the fans are optimistic."

Like the majority of his team mates Neves – whose wife gave birth to a baby daughter four months ago – lives in and around Wolverhampton.

He admits the city if a bit quiet – but that's to his liking.

“We like it a lot!" he said. "The city doesn’t have a lot (of things) to do, but that’s just my taste.

"I can mind my own business."

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living


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