Sunday, January 17, 2021

Joao Moutinho reveals two Premier League clubs he nearly joined!

The Portuguese player reveals he almost joined these two top 4 Premier League clubs

Wolves are the surprise package of the season. The newly-promoted side has impressed everyone since his return to the Premier League. Surely lots of money was poured in to achieve these kind of results. Wolves are in the top half of the table and have defeated the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham. Joao Moutinho has been the standout player for them this season. The Portuguese alongside Ruben Neves have been effective in counter attacking style of the Molineux side.

Despite the age of 32, the midfielder has been delivering impressive performance for his side. Joao Moutinho reveals the two Premier League clubs he nearly joined before joining Wolves.

Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho reveals he almost joined Tottenham Hotspur and Everton before joining Wolves.Moutniho almost joined Everton in 2008 and put pen to paper at Tottenham four years later but the deal missed the transfer deadline by 60 seconds. The former AS Monaco player revealed he was ­always desperate to play in England.

The Portugal midfielder has been one of the key factors in an impressive first season back in the Premier League. for Wolves, who are looking for another big scalp against Manchester United in the FA Cup today. Now it feels as if he is making up for lost time and, despite having achieved so much, is ­determined to make every ­moment count with Wolves.

The former Porto and ­Monaco star, who won Euro 2016 with Portugal, said: “It’s been close before but it was my mission to play in the Premier League. I’ve had one or two opportunities in the past. The first was Everton, the second Spurs. I am in the room but the next day I had a game in Portugal, it didn’t happen, it was one minute from happening… I had actually signed but it was one minute past the deadline. You carry on, you continue to do what you like and what I like to do is to play football. I feel very good now. I have fresh legs. I tell people who ask me if I’m old that I’m 32 but I feel I can play 10 more years.”

Wolves have made a habit of upsetting the big guns, holding Chelsea last Sunday, thwarting ­ Manchester City at Molineux and knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup on the way to the quarter-finals. Moutinho linking up with Nuno Espirito Santo has certainly helped Wolves position themselves in top half of the table.

Author’s Take:

Moutinho has been one of the best midfielders in Europe for a decade but when he moved to Molineux for just £5million it was seen almost as a footnote in a glittering career. But linking up with compatriot Nuno Espirito Santo has been much more than that

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