Adama Traore has brushed off speculation that a return to Barcelona could be on the cards in the future.
The Wolves winger came off the bench for Spain against Portugal – a side who featured many of his Molineux teammates – earlier this week and impressed during his cameo in the international friendly.
Perhaps predictably, while in that environment, Traore was quizzed about the chances of completing a return to the Camp Nou, where he developed as a young player before his move to England in 2015.
He indicated, however, that running out for Barca in the future wasn’t something that was on his mind.
Very few footballers are being talked about as much as Adama Traore right now.
Traore initially took time to settle at Wolves and spent the vast majority of his first season on Nuno Espirito Santo’s bench, but he’s been a revelation in his second.
Traore’s form in 2019/20 makes the £18million fee Wolves paid Middlesbrough look like a snip and the club are guaranteed to make a profit should any of the reported interest amount to more.
Nuno bluntly told reporters that Traore wouldn’t leave in January and he was as good as his word.
Wolves are in a very strong position financially under Chinese owners Fosun and have the resources to hang onto Traore again in the summer window.
As always though, there are no guarantees in football – but if Traore is to leave Wolves, it will be on the club’s terms.
Traore, did, though, speak highly of Spain and former Barca boss Luis Enrique, who has been working with him during this international break.
“It’s not my decision whether I would suit Barcelona. My mentality is to work every day to be better,” he said.
“We talk about everything. Even some more general topics because I have been at the club for many years and so has he [Enrique].
“We met in the academy and have spoken about things to do with the team, the things that we happened together at Barcelona. We know each other well.
“He asked me to do my best, to do my bit to win matches. I can only thank him for his trust, [and that of] his staff, the doctors. For his insistence that I come.”
Traore is understood to be the next key Wolves player in line to be offered fresh terms at Molineux.
Though the winger, who in the past 12 months has developed into one of the most feared attackers in the division, still has three years left on his current deal, it’s expected that Wolves wish to enter into negotiations regarding a new and improved contract.
Top scorer Raul Jimenez, captain Conor Coady and boss Nuno Espirito Santo have all extended their deals this summer.