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Well done Nuno – Wolves’ new deal for this 20-year-old rising Portuguese starlet is the right step

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese midfielder Pedro Neto plays with a remembrance poppy on his jersey during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on October 30, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Why a new contract for Pedro Neto is a step in the right direction for Wolves

Sky Sports confirmed that Pedro Neto has signed a new contract with Wolves which runs until 2025. A new and long-term contract was handed to the player on the back of his performances last season.

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Pedro Neto is a 20 year old Portuguese winger who plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He started his youth career at SC Vianense in 2008. He then went on to play for the likes of Perspectiva em Jogo and then finally settled in at Braga’s youth side.

While he was still in the U-17s at Braga, he was loaned out to Palmeiras’ U-17 side. He spent a year with the Brazilian side before returning the next season. He continued playing for the U-17s and was promoted to the senior side in 2017. But he managed to feature only thrice for the senior side before moving to Lazio.

ROME, ITALY – FEBRUARY 07: Pedro neto of SS lazio during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Empoli at Stadio Olimpico on February 7, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

It was a two-year loan deal and he made just 5 appearances for the senior side and 10 for the youth side during his time there. Lazio made his deal permanent in 2019 before selling him to Wolverhampton.

It was at Wolves that Neto finally got a sustained run of games. It took time but as the season progressed, he started featuring more under Nuno Espirito Santo. So far, he has made 52 appearances for them, scoring 6 goals and assisting 7 (source – Transfermarkt).

Neto is a regular for the Portugal youth sides with 33 appearances and 8 goals across all levels. He is yet to be called up to the senior team.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Bramall Lane on September 14, 2020 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Wolves made the right decision to hand a long-term contract to Neto

Neto has come a long way at the club. This season, he has featured in all of Wolves’ league games and even kept Adama Traore out of the line-up, which is pretty hard to imagine. But such has been the winger’s impact and improvement that he has been rewarded with a new long-term deal.

He is the latest in line to be handed a new deal after the likes of Raul Jimenez, Conor Coady and Max Kilman. Wolves have done well to secure the futures of some of their most important players, as well as their manager.

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Pedro Neto rightfully deserved the long-term deal after how hard he has worked last season. Wolves made the right decision in handing it to him too.

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