Wolves confirm one-year contract extension for Portuguese midfielder Moutinho

Jason Soutar
Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho during a match

Joao Moutinho has penned a one-year contract extension with Wolves, the Premier League club confirmed on Monday.

The experienced Portuguese midfielder will enter his fifth season at Molineux and has been one of the club’s most consistent performers since moving to England.

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Moutinho made his debut for his country in 2005 and has an impressive 145 caps to his name.

He has scored five goals in 176 appearances for Wolves and will play at least one more season with the Premier League outfit after signing an extension with his previous deal set to run out this summer.

Wolves technical director Scott Sellars told the club’s official website: “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.

“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.”

Sellars added: “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.

“You don’t play at the top for so long, being a regular international for Portugal, if you’ve not got the right mentality and attitude. If you’re going to be a professional athlete, you’ve got to have competitiveness with whatever you do, and he has that in abundance.

“If you look at him across the board – technically, physically and mentally, how he is around the place, he’s so important, and we look forward to seeing Joao back at Compton this week and being a part of the squad this season.”