Nuno commits to Wolves cause

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has committed his future to the club by signing a one-year contract extension that ties him to the West Midlands outfit until 2021.

The Portuguese tactician has worked wonders since arriving at Molineux in May last year and helped Wolves finish top of the Championship last term.

As the club prepares for life back in the top flight, Nuno has extended his stay with the club and is now looking forward to the challenges that the Premier League will bring.

He was quoted by the BBC, saying: "We knew the project required time and now we have three years ahead of us.

"In year two we know the challenge is even more difficult, but we have something that we hold onto – we have our own identity.

Having already signed Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio and Mexico forward Raul Jimenez, Nuno also claimed he expects further additions to be brought in before the first competitive game of the campaign.

Wolves will kick-start their Premier League season on 11th August when they welcome Marco Silva's Everton side to Molineux.

Wolves are 13/10 to win, 23/10 to draw and 21/10 to lose that opener against the Toffees.

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Wolves seal deals for duo

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has decided to sign Leo Bonatini and Ruben Vinagre on a permanent basis.

Both players spent last season on loan at Molineux.

Bonatini, who scored 12 goals in 43 Championship appearances last season, has inked a four-year-deal, while Vinagre has signed a five-year contract.

Bonatini moves to Molineux from Saudi Professional League side Al-Hilal for an undisclosed fee while teenager Vinagre moves from AS Monaco.

Wolves' sporting director Kevin Thelwell said: "We are delighted to secure the services of two players we rate very highly and we believe can play a huge part in our plans for our first season back in the Premier League and beyond.

"Both players have been part of this group for a season and that means they can hit the ground running and won't need any additional time to adjust to Nuno and his coaching staff's high standards of preparation and training.

"Leo Bonatini was unstoppable for a long stretch last season while Ruben Vinagre is a hugely exciting prospect."

Wolves, 11/10 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table in 2018/19, are 13/10 to win their first game of the season against Everton on 11th August.

Nuno wary of battling Blues

Nuno Espirito Santo will not be taking anything for granted when his Wolves team take on Birmingham City at Molineux on Sunday.

A victory against the Blues will confirm Wolves' place in the Premier League next season following their impressive 2-0 win over Derby County on Wednesday.

Wolves have been at the top of the table since October and Nuno is keen to seal their place in the top-flight as soon as possible.

"The players have had the ability to know what they can control is inside the pitch," he said. "They know what they do on the pitch will impact what is happening in the stands. It is not a party, it is a football game.

"We know that Birmingham are fighting for their lives, it means that we have to fight at the same intensity they're going to.

"We have the talent to create things that breaks them down but first we have to be intense, organised, stay in shape, discipline – all these things that I am always saying because this is the way we see football.

"We are ready, we have no problems or injuries."

Wolves can be backed at 9/2 to beat Birmingham City 2-0 and at 8/11 to keep a clean sheet against their local rivals. The Blues are 9/4 to be relegated from the Championship this season.

Nuno won’t change his style

Nuno Espirito Santo insists that the recent defeat to Fulham will not cause him to change his approach when Wolves visit Leeds United on Wednesday.

Wolves lost for only the fifth time this season – 2-0 at Fulham in their last game on 24th February – while Saturday's match against Reading was postponed.

Wolves can move six points clear of second-placed Cardiff City if they win at Elland Road and they are 21/20 to do just that and 1/80 to be promoted from the Championship this season.

Despite starting the campaign well, Leeds are 13th after slumping to a 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough last Friday, and they can be backed at 5/1 to draw 1-1 with the league leaders on home soil.

Nuno said: "Our team and our players are ready to play in any stadium, in any circumstances. Our last performance was not good but we were able to analyse that and we had time to work on that.

"We knew from the beginning of the competition that everything was going to be difficult and we cannot win every game so we have to be ready for these kinds of moments.

"We don't change our approach – from day one we have been looking at the same things and trying to improve our shape and our ideas. We have to put our talent and quality on the pitch."

Wolves aim to get back on track

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is ready for a busy week, as he aims to ensure his side's Championship promotion charge does not come off the rails.

The Molineux outfit have gone three games without a win in just over a week, being held to draws by both Preston North End and Norwich City, before being beaten 2-0 at Fulham on Saturday.

However, the Wolves boss is not about to panic, with his side still ten points clear of third-placed Aston Villa despite their recent dip in form.

The Portuguese told his club's official website: "It's our work to analyse and this week will be good for us because we can breathe and refocus. We're going to fix the problems, we'll find the right solutions.

"The team needs to improve in every aspect, both defence and offensive. We are conceding goals, so we'll look at everything as we always do.

"They were the better team and we struggled to go out and get possession, it's the reality of football and we keep on going. The focus is exactly the same, but we must do better.

"Fulham deserved it. They have good momentum and are a good team."

Wolves are back in action next Saturday when they play host to Reading, who have won just once in their last 13 league games.

The hosts are 2/5 to claim all three points at Molineux and are 5/1 to secure a 2-0 victory, with Wolves 11/2 to win the game 1-0.

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