Former Premier League striker makes bold Wolves transfer claim ahead of fan favourite’s contract expiring

Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere believes Wolves need to do ‘anything’ to keep veteran midfielder Joao Moutinho at the club beyond this season.

Former Arsenal and Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere believes Wolves need to do ‘anything’ to keep veteran midfielder Joao Moutinho at the club beyond this season.

Moutinho’s contract is up at the end of June and at 35-years-old, looks a certainty to be moved on - on paper at least.

But the veteran midfielder is aging like a fine wine and has shown this season alone that age is simply just a number and he has plenty left in the tank.

The Portuguese maestro is already causing split opinion among fans whether or not his contract should be renewed and Aliadiere, who had a loan spell himself with Wolves back in 2006 thinks it will only prove a positive for both Wanderers and the league if they can keep Moutinho around a little longer.

Jake Buxton in FA Cup action against Middlesbrough during his time with Mansfield Town. Photo: GettyImages

“I think when you see that he’s 35 years old, and see the level he still plays at, it is incredible,” he told BonusCodeBets.

“It’s magnificent.

“So I just personally think that if I’m Wolves, I’d do anything to keep him.

“I’ll give him what he wants and then I’ll make sure he stays at the club.

“From a Wolves point of view, I would love him to stay. I just think he’s a top player and it would be nice to have him in the Premier League next season.

“I just feel at that age, when players go to the end of their contract, 9 times out of 10, they want to move on. They feel it’s the right opportunity for them to just move and get a nice last big money contract, somewhere where it’s maybe not as intense and pressured as the Premier League.

“From his point of view, obviously you get to a certain age where you might not still have that passion and desire to play at a top level, or you maybe fancy going to a more exotic place where you can earn big money and have an easier life.

“It all depends on the player and the drive that he’s got. Does he still want to play at the top level? Because obviously the Premier League is a tough league.”

The former French footballer believes that if Moutinho is let go at the end of the 2021/22 season, that it’s likely that he will finish his career back in his homeland of Portugal.

“All those guys, same with Cristiano Ronaldo, you always think they got some connection with their country, with Portugal,” he added

“So you always think if they’ll finish their career back home in Portugal and finish it with the family near and stuff over there.

“You just never know.”

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