The 21-year-old Portuguese starlet gave anxious fans the perfect post-promotion party tonic, by telling them: “I want to stay.”
Wolves’ critics claimed the club’s £15million record signing from Porto was only parachuted in by super-agent Jorge Mendes to help the Molineux club win promotion, before being flogged to one of the big beasts of European football for a tasty profit this summer.
But Neves says he has grown to love life with Wolverhampton and says he is more interested in being a Wanderer than a wanderer.
"Yes, I would like to stay," revealed the midfielder at last night's EFL award, after being edged out for the Championship Player of the Season award by Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon.
"Honestly, I love to play here with Wolves. I love the boys, I love the club and I love the fans. I am really happy here.
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“In football we never know – but of course I am looking forward to my first season in the Premier League. It is the place that Wolves deserve to be.
"If it is possible, I would like to stay here to have my first year in the Premier League.
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“I came here to improve myself and help the club. Fortunately I have improved in a really good league.
"Now we are in the Premier League and that’s the most important thing."
Neves has scored six stunning goals from outside the box – one of them a contender for goal of the season – to back up claims he was way too good for the Championship.
But Wolves’ Managing Director Laurie Dalrymple hit back at the snipers who claimed the newly-promoted side would be offloading some of Mendes’ clients, such as Neves and Diogo Jota, currently on-loan from Atletico Madrid, this summer.
Far from clearing the decks, Dalrymple says Wolves are ready for a fresh spending spree to challenge the Premier League elite.
“We’re building a squad, we’re building a club with the future in mind. So it would be somewhat undermining to that strategy if we then let our prize assets walk out of the door within 10 minutes of achieving the first phase of this project and this dream,” he said.
“We’re fully aware promotion into the Premier League was a major, major component part of where we want to take this club. But promotion wasn’t the end game, we want to get into the Premier League, we want to compete strongly for a long time.
“We want to position ourselves within the very elite within English football. There shouldn’t be any limit to our goals here.
“We’ve got a clear strategy in what we want to do. We think we’ve brought some really good quality people into the group.
“We’ll continue to develop that and if we do manage to do it there’s absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t be pushing as high as we can up the league.”
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