Wolves Managerwants Helder Costa Stay


Newly appointed Wolverhampton Wanderers manager NunoEspirito Santo is keen to keep hold of forward Helder Costa, who had an impressive debut season in the Championship last term.

The Portugal under-23 international joined the Wolves on a temporary basis from Benfica last summer before turning his contract into a permanent one in January.

Costa is currently the Wolves club-record signing at £13m, and Santo is hoping to keep hold of the winger using the close relationship with super agent Jorge Mendes, who also represents Costa. The former Monaco man bagged 12 goals and 11 assists for the Midlands club last season, but he is most fondly remembered for his standout performance in the 2-1 over Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Santo speaking in his press conference, via The Mail, admitted that Costa could be the ideal player through which the club would build upon next season, but a final decision on his future could be left to the hierarchy, he said: "I believe new strong projects must be filled with good players, and he is a good player.

The club has its ideas, how good he performed last year. But I believe and it is my own feeling that new things must be built around good players. I haven’t spoken with him. It has to be a club decision about the future of Helder. Now in this day, he is a Wolves player."

Costa through his performances in the Championship has attracted plenty of Premier League interest with Arsenal and Chelsea being among his main admirers. Wolves are likely to open discussions with the player's suitors in the coming weeks with the possibility of a gaining a decent profit from the winger's sale. The 23-year-old is currently valued by Wolves at around £20m, and such a value represents a decent profit on a player signed just six months ago.