Ruben Neves’ viral interview about his desire to play Champions League football gains attention following his move to Saudi Arabia
Ruben Neves’ interview about his desire to play in the UEFA Champions League has resurfaced online amidst reports of his transfer to Al Hilal.
Neves had attracted interest from Barcelona, and it seemed that a move to the Camp Nou was imminent.
However, Barcelona hesitated in pursuing the midfielder, leading Neves to explore other options for this summer’s transfer window.
The 26-year-old is now on the brink of joining Al Hilal, following in the footsteps of esteemed players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema who have also made moves to Saudi Arabia.
Wolves and Al Hilal have agreed on a £47 million transfer fee, and Neves has undergone most of his medical examinations, with an official announcement expected to be made in the coming week.
This development marks a significant shift in Neves’ career trajectory, as he pursues new challenges and opportunities in a different footballing environment.
Neves’ move to Saudi Arabia will come as a surprise to many considering his Champions League stance following Wolves’ game against Everton last month.
The Portuguese expressed his desire to play in Europe’s elite club competition, touching on his main goals in football.
“I want to be here but I never hide that I want to play Champions League football,” he said. “It’s a hard decision.
“Me and my family love it here, but in football you have to go for your main goals.
“Nothing’s happened yet. If it was my last game here I really enjoyed it and I’m very thankful for the last six seasons.”
“I never hide that I want to play Champions League football”
Ruben Neves on his Wolves future 💭 pic.twitter.com/SnZ8xrpSx7
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 20, 2023
His interview went viral after it emerged online, with fans making their feelings known over Neves’ ‘mercenary’ move.
One Twitter user wrote: “At least he’s got his dream to play at the AFC Champions league.”
A second tweeted: “Make it make sense…”
A third added: “Amazing what a big cheque will do.”
A fourth said: “Could’ve swore I heard Neves shouting he was looking to play Champions League football not that long ago.”
Another commented: “So disappointed in Neves, not because he is leaving us, because of his lack of ambition. Pure mercenary move. He has gone from playing in Champions League at 19 to Saudi league at 26.”
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