Wolves boss Bruno Lage has admitted they may struggle to keep hold of Ruben Neves this summer, despite the club planning a new contract offer.
Ruben Neves is currently under contract at the Molineux Stadium until 2024. However, interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United has led to speculation the Portuguese man may be tempted away at the end of the season.
Despite this, Lage has insisted the club plan to keep hold of the star through an improved deal with Wolves.
Lage is not oblivious to the attention that Neves has gathered from other clubs.
While the 45-year-old boss is adamant he wants to keep the midfielder with him, Lage also knows the transfer business is not that simple.
Speaking to the media, Lage said: “For sure, he will receive a proposal from us but the way he plays I can see other teams are looking for him also.
“You never know what can happen. There could be a big team with a big offer and we would need to analyse what is better for us and for the player.
“What is important to say is that it’s very hard to find a player like him. We used to call it a defensive midfielder but it’s now a central midfielder, a guy who can defend and can attack. He can do both things. He can score goals and do assists. It’s very hard to find.
Ruben Neves could leave Wolves this summer
If Wolves don't qualify for European football this summer, Ruben Neves could leave.
“From my side, he knows my opinion – I want the best for his career. If he prefers to remain with us, for sure we will be happy and stronger. But this is football and you never know.”
Ruben Neves injury continues to cause Lage problems
Neves has been missing from the Wolves squad since sustaining an injury in a 3-2 defeat against Leeds last month.
The midfield maestro is currently recovering from the knee problem, and is not expected to return until 7th May against Chelsea.
And with an important run in to the end of the season approaching, Lage admitted the injury has dealt blow to his side’s top six chances.
He said: “When you see the kind of level he’s playing and the challenge we give to him to be more consistent, he’s a big loss for us at the moment.
“I know he’s having a fantastic season. He’s back to what he did in the past and that’s the kind of player we can have with us if we want to create a good team – big players who can put us on a different level.”