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Wolves to go on Portugal trip to end pre-season

Wolves will fly to Portugal on the last weekend of pre-season for their final preparations ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

Bruno Lage. Picture: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire.
Bruno Lage. Picture: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire.

With the season starting earlier on August 6 due to the World Cup, Bruno Lage’s team will fly out to Portugal on the weekend of July 30/31 where they are expected to play their final friendly.

Wolves normally stage their final friendly before the new campaign at Molineux, but this year the club has agreed to play it elsewhere due to the Commonwealth Games.

As a result, they will now travel to Portugal with an announcement on the location and opponent expected next week.

This trip will be Wolves’ first to Portugal in pre-season since Fosun bought the club and injected a heavy Portuguese influence among the managers, staff and players. They have, however, played there in the Europa League.

This means Wolves will not play any UK friendlies open to supporters this summer. On July 9 the squad will face Burnley in a behind closed doors friendly at Compton before they fly to Alicante the following week.

During their camp in Spain, Wolves will play Deportivo Alaves on Wednesday, July 20 before a clash with Besiktas on Saturday, July 23 – with both fixtures open to supporters. However, Lage’s men will also face another behind closed doors friendly with Spanish side Levante on July 21. All of the fixtures will give Lage an opportunity to assess his squad, decide how he will approach the new season and take a look at some young stars.

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