Wolves’ Joao Moutinho Signs New One-Year Contract

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Portugal midfielder, Joao Moutinho has signed a new one-year contract to remain at Wolves until June 2023. 

Moutinho joined Wolves in July 2018 following a five-year spell at France Ligue 1’s AS Monaco and established himself as a first-team regular, despite only scoring five goals in 176 appearances as last season saw him net twice for the first time in a single season since he arrived at Molineux.

Speaking about Moutinho’s impact at Wolves, Technical Director – Scott Sellars said: “In Joao’s time at the club, he’s been vital, bringing real experience and quality to the group, so to get him resigned is a massive boost for us all.

“With contracts, it’s about getting to a place where everybody’s happy, the club and the player, and it isn’t always easy, but in the end what matters is the outcome and we’re very happy with it.”

Sellars went on to praise the 35 year-old midfielder for his role-model behaviour under manager – Bruno Lage, as he added: “He’s a huge influence in the dressing room, with the younger players, and sets standards that they follow.

“His and Bruno’s relationship is very important. As a coach, you like players who can solve things on the pitch, and Joao is certainly one of them.”

Moutinho missed just two matches last season in a campaign where he also helped his country – Portugal, qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup via the Play-Offs with over 40 appearances in total for club and country.

Sellars therefore held high praise for Moutinho’s football ability at 35 years-old as he commented: “During his time with us, and the data will prove it, he hasn’t dropped his performance levels, with the football and physically, he’s very fit and very professional, so it’s no surprise he’s still playing to such a high standard at his age.”

On why Moutinho had such a lasting presence across the season, Sellars put the midfielder’s consistency down to having “…. the right mentality and attitude.”

Moutinho will return to Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, Compton Park, Wolverhampton, on Wednesday alongside his teammates as Wolves begin their pre-season preparation.

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