Traore ‘signals’ he’s ‘happy’ at Wolves as Tottenham linger in background with Conte ‘interested’

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Lage speaks on Traore Credit: PA Images
Lage speaks on Traore Credit: PA Images

Wolves manager Bruno Lage has suggested that Adama Traore has “signalled” that he is “happy” at the club amid interest from Tottenham.

Traore’s career at Wolves looked to be over earlier this year as he joined FC Barcelona on loan. The Spanish side beat Spurs to the signing.

The winger struggled to make an impact at the Nou Camp and he is now back at Wolves after Barcelona decided against signing him permanently.

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He made 17 appearances, although he started in just four La Liga games, for the Spanish side.

Traore scored his first goal for Wolves since January in Tuesday’s 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Preston and Lage believes he is settled at Molineux.

He said: “You can see that by the way he is training and playing. I can see that every day.

“When I look back in January, it was an important moment. We accepted the decision to go to Barcelona because it’s his team and now he is with us. I’m happy with him and the signals he has given to me and within the games shows he’s happy with us.

“We want players who can give us different dynamics. We understand what he can give us.”

Earlier this week, it was claimed that Spurs manager Antonio Conte is still ‘interested’ in signing Traore.

The Spaniard is out of contract in 2023 so clubs have an opportunity for a reduced fee this summer with Wolves not in a position to demand a significant price.

Conte prefers to use a 3-5-2 formation and Traore would be a good option for Tottenham in this formation.

Spurs already have a lot of competition at right wing-back though as Djed Spence, Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty are battling to start.

Wolves host Newcastle on Sunday and Chiquinho remains out with a long-term knee injury but Lage is expected to recall Jose Sa, Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence after the win over Preston.

Wolves, third from bottom, are winless in the Premier League after three games but, despite last week’s 1-0 defeat at Tottenham, Lage is happy with their displays.

He said: “It was a good week for us, two good performances, the signals are there. We don’t have too much time for training and to prepare but we are doing better. There are good signals in the last two games.”


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