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Hugo Bueno fired up after frustrating Wolves season

Hugo Bueno is ready to kick-on in a Wolves shirt next season after a frustrating 2023/24 campaign.


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The defender made his breakthrough from the academy 18 months ago and despite an impressive start to his Premier League career, he struggled to hold down a place in Gary O’Neil’s squad this season.

A number of niggling injuries meant Bueno largely played as understudy to Rayan Ait-Nouri and Matt Doherty, but the 21-year-old is remaining positive for the upcoming campaign having signed a new deal until 2028 back in November.

Bueno said: “Signing a new contract with this club has always been a big moment for me. I’m really happy in that sense because I know I have loads of years left, which is good for me, and I just can’t wait for the next one.

“I can’t wait to get going again. I’m already getting ready mentally and physically so I can give my best and hopefully next season I can give loads more.

“I think it’s been a good season. Of course, I had a few little setbacks during this season, like the injury in the first months, and I also maybe didn’t play as much as I would have wanted.

“I felt like I was definitely getting a few more minutes in the end part of the season, but in football, anything can happen, so I just try to be ready every day and then take every opportunity that the gaffer gives me and try to give 100 per cent on the pitch.

“But in general, I always try to stay positive, and the team did really well, which is the main thing. So, I’m really happy and I can’t wait for the next one.”

Bueno has now made 43 Premier League appearances since stepping up from the under-21s.

As he now looks to stake his claim in the side, the defender says he will take every opportunity to keep improving.

He added: “I learn every day from every team-mate, so I’m one of those people who really like to learn and listen to the more experienced guys.

“I’ve learned loads of things. I came here as a kid, I was 16, and I was with loads of doubts, but every year I look a step, I learned a lot, and I can say I’m half English now because I’ve been here for a long time.”