Julen Lopetegui to stay at Wolves next season

John Percy of The Telegraph has confirmed that Julen Lopetegui will stay on as Wolves head coach next season.

This comes after previous reports suggesting that he was set to hold talks with the West Midlands side amid his concerns over the upcoming summer transfer window, in which they could be striken by FFP worries.

However, following positive discussions with the club over their summer strategy and transfer budget, the Spaniard has now confirmed to senior officials that he is planning ahead of next season and is fully committed to managing the club.

Wolves’s issues involving FFP mean they will be required to sell players before bringing anyone in and, although there is still pressure to raise funds through sales of the likes of Rúben Neves, Max Kilman, and Nathan Collins, amongst others, the former Real Madrid manager is still said to be satisfied with the board’s plans going forwards.

Furthermore, whilst Neves especially is expected to depart- with Barcelona reportedly keen on the Portuguese midfielder– the arrival of returning loanees will bolster their squad, with ex-club captain Conor Coady expected to be reintegrated into the first-team following his spell at Everton last season, whilst flying winger Ryan Giles will be given a chance to impress following his eye-catching performances at Michael Carrick’s Middlesbrough.

The secural of Lopetegui is crucial for The Wanderers heading into next season, with the 2019/20 Europa League winner having just led them to a 13th place finish last season, after taking over when the club were rock bottom in the league table, four points adrift from safety.

Travis Levison | Get Football

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