Nuno Espirito Santo has backed Wolves’ top stars to stay at Molineux even if they miss out on the Champions League.
Wolves head to Aston Villa on Saturday as surprise contenders for the top four in just their second season back in the Premier League.

They sit sixth, five points behind fourth placed Chelsea and level on points with Manchester United.

Fifth place would earn a Champions League spot if Manchester City’s two-year European ban for breaching financial fair play rules is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore and Ruben Neves have all been linked with moves. Jimenez has emerged as a target for Manchester United, but Wolves will fend off interest with a nine-figure asking price.

Meanwhile, Liverpool could turn to Traore after missing out on Timo Werner. Reports suggest the Premier League champions are ready to make a huge offer for the winger.

Neves has also been linked with a move to Anfield, while Jose Mourinho also reportedly wants him at Tottenham.

But Nuno remains unconcerned about any exodus.

He said: “I don’t think that’s the reason they are here. The reason is they enjoy working together so we don’t have to achieve anything to retain them. At no point am I thinking about it.