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Wolves boss Nuno hails 'big success' of China trip

Nuno Espirito Santo has hailed Wolves' week in China as a big success – as he thanked his young players for helping the squad with its preparations.

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While the hot and humid conditions haven't been ideal for training or matches, off the field the week in Shanghai and Nanjing has given Fosun the opportunity to boost Wolves' profile.

Nuno certainly believes that's been the case.

"It's definitely been a success (in terms of raising the club's profile)," he told the Express & Star at today's pre-Manchester City press conference.

"We're delighted to be here and the players are being very patient and cooperative.

"It's difficult, the weather and all these things, but we're really happy. All the events made by the club, the way they appreciate us, the way people share their happiness, it's good.

"I'm satisfied for the players to recognise and meet the ownership, share some moments, we had a very good experience, we saw some cultural events and it's important.

"It doesn't add pressure, we're so welcome here so we just have to do what we are doing; compete, work well, show we're a big unit inside a huge family that is the Fosun group."

Wolves take on champions City in tomorrow's Premier League Asia Trophy final, which kicks off at 7.30pm local time (1.30pm UK time).

Nuno said the game was nothing more than 'preparation' as Wolves build up to their Europa League game against Crusaders next Thursday.

And in that respect he thanked the large group of young players out in Shanghai for helping beef out the squad.

"It's a final but its a preparation game, we're inside the preparation for the season," he said.

"Our interpretation is to compete and prepare ourselves for what's coming next week

"It's a big opponent but its a game.

"It's going to be tough and very difficult for both teams, the weather conditions are very difficult to play all the game.

"We have to decide yet (our team).

"I'm pleased some of the young players got a chance and they're here to help – they deserve these moments of happiness and to show their talent

"Not only this week, they started with us in June 27, so they've spent a lot of time with us.

"The best thing they have is try to emulate the senior players. The idea is there.

"We're happy and thankful because they're helping us a lot, not only in training sessions but the games.

"It's important to develop an idea so they know what to do inside the pitch."