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Veiga exclusive: Bigger clubs will come for Wolves boss Nuno; I played against him

Former Benfica and Levante goalkeeper Jose Veiga has lauded Nuno Espirito Santo for his work at Wolves.

The Portuguese manager took over Wolves in 2017 after spells with Rio Ave, Valencia and Porto.

The Black Country club were in the Championship at the time, but Nuno guided them into the Premier League in his first season in charge.

Nuno and Wolves were the surprise team of the 2018/19 by finishing seventh and qualifying for the Europa League.

Wolves proved it was no fluke last season when they once again finished seventh in the Premier League, only missing out on European qualification because Arsenal won the FA Cup.

And despite Wolves struggling this season, Veiga thinks bigger clubs will be looking to recruit Nuno.

"Brilliant work," Veiga told Tribalfootball about Nuno. "He has gotten Wolves playing enjoyable football and with great results and there is more to come.

"I tend to follow all Portuguese managers, here in England, and it's satisfying to see them being successful too.

"Mentally, I think Nuno brought some calm to the Wolves team, a steady composure and, physically, an aggression to the team too.

"Fluid football, making quick passes but with patience enough to keep possession and creating spaces to score goals and win games…with his passion, a bigger club will go for him soon."

Nuno was a couple of years older than Veiga when both were coming through the ranks in Portugal.

Asked if he was aware of Nuno when he was playing for Portugal U18s, Veiga replied: "Yes, I was aware of him. He was a bit older than me so we didn't compete for the U18 National Portuguese team.

"We had the chance to play against each other in my 2nd year in Spain 2da division Merida-Levante Ud match and he was very consistent and confident.

"Nuno possibly didn't play even more matches at top level as he always had ahead of him Vitor Baía at Porto and Songo'o at Deportivo La Coruña."

And Veiga also praised Nuno for his recruitment of Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who has made the number one jersey his own since arriving at Molineux from Sporting Lisbon in 2018.

He added: "Keepers are the foundation of a team and Rui Patricio has been for Wolves and Portugal since his arrival.

"We are all different in our time in adapting and he's done it quite quickly and well, in my opinion. It's a great achievement and at a high level too."


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