Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has distanced himself from talk that he could be set for an eye-catching summer move, insisting he is ‘really happy’ to work with new boss Bruno Lage and ‘completely focused’ on the campaign ahead.
He notched up five goals and an assist in the Premier League last season and his performances across the term have reportedly made him a target for both Manchester United and Arsenal.
Reports last month claimed the Gunners had held talks with Neves’ entourage, Jorge Mendes, over a possible deal, while the 24-year-old star has also been identified as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba at Old Trafford.
However, Ruben appears to have ruled out a summer switch as the club step up their preparations for the new campaign under Lage.
Quizzed for the lowdown on his new boss, the star told Wolves TV: ‘He is a very good coach. I am really happy to work with him.
‘He’s a very good coach with lots of good ideas. I think that when things are completely together, we’ll be a really hard team to beat.’
Ruben stressed that he was fully concentrated on his side’s forthcoming season as he brushed off the rumours surrounding his long-term future.
‘When you want to play at the highest level of football you have to be ready,’ the former Porto captain said.
‘It’s my job and I need to work hard. I had a great time with family and now I’m completely focused here, to be fit for the start of the Premier League.
‘It’s about pre-season and hard work – getting fit for the Premier League. That’s the main thing.’