10 October 2020 20:42
KEY POINTS Wolves star Adama Traore said a return to Barcelona is not in the cards for now The Spanish winger has been keeping in touch with friend and fellow Barcelona academy graduate Ansu Fati Wolverhampton Wanderers star Adama Traore has finally addressed the transfer rumors linking his name to Barcelona and opened up about his friendship with former teammate, Ansu Fati. But while the 24-year-old has kept in touch with some of his fellow Barcelona academy graduates, including Fati, he has set the record straight and said he is only focused on winning with the Wolves for now. "It's not my decision whether I would suit Barcelona," Traore told reporters at a news conference ahead of Spain's Nations League match against Switzerland on Saturday, Goal reported. When asked about his friendship with Fati, Traore did not disclose any specific details but said that he and the Barca rising star have been discussing a variety of topics. Despite being heavily linked to Barcelona, the Wolves standout was said to be "very close" to signing with Juventus on Sunday after the reigning Serie A champion identified Traore as a potential replacement for Douglas Costa, who has returned to Bayern Munich.
Wolves, on the other hand, are optimistic about Traore becoming the next senior player to agree to a new contract with the club. Though his current deal with the English side will not run out until 2023, Wolves are keen to secure Traore's future, with talks of a new deal expected to take place over the next few weeks, Sky Sports reported. Ansu Fati has become accustomed to breaking records in his short career so far, and the Barcelona forward was it once again on his first start for Spain last month. The 17-year-old forward scored and put in a superb all-round display on his full international debut to inspire Spain to a 4-0 win over Ukraine in the Uefa Nations League. It sparked glowing praise from his national team manager, Luis Enrique, who will likely hand Fati his second start on Saturday evening when Spain host Switzerland at Alfredo di Stefano Stadium in Madrid.
Traore made his long-awaited senior international debut in Spain's goalless draw against Portugal on Wednesday night. Delivered straight into your email inbox each day, the bulletins will feature the latest Wolves news, views, gossip and opinion. Wolves were linked with Unai Nunez over the summer but Athletic Bilbao's sporting director has said a move was never on the cards. Reports during the transfer window claimed Wolves were keen on the 23-year-old, who told newspaper AS he wanted a transfer to guarantee regular first-team football this season. José Francisco Molina (Valencia, 50 years old) has just renewed until 2023 as sports director of the Spanish Football Federation.
In the lower teams we continue in the same line in which we have been working for a long time. Work is being done to improve scouting and player monitoring, and talent detection at an earlier age. P. Football has evolved and the style with which Spain rose to the fore is no longer imposed. We debate about the style, the way to attack, to defend … That debate in the lower categories exists, logically guided by what Luis Enrique is marking. R. When you go for Luis Enrique to be your coach, you are already going for that model of aggressive pressure in the opposite field, that when you have the ball you have to try to keep it but to do damage, to attack as soon as the space appears. It is a model not only to be wide, which interests us, but also deep and reach the rival area the more times the better because there will be more possibility of scoring more goals. P. A sports director of a First Division club assures that right now in Spain it is easier to find a short midfielder who touches it than one with a strong physique, who knows how to play and has a goal. That to say that in Spain we do not find players of that profile with the number of children who play soccer … P. What is not easy to find is a forward like Ansu Fati, fast, who plays well inside and out, with defensive work and with a goal. With his youth he has things to improve, but as the years go by, football will evolve and when he is 30 years old it will be something different. R. In general terms, in lower categories there are generations in which it is difficult for us to find goalkeepers of the profile we are looking for. In lower categories there are generations in which it is difficult for us to find goalkeepers of the profile we are looking for. That he is able to find the player who is free when you work the exit from behind or that he is able to filter a pass through the center, but that when this is dangerous, instead of filtering it, he is able to move the ball to a further place. Ansu Fati knows how to decide at all times what suits the game and his game. R. In the last concentration we had an exceptional De Gea. I understand the people and the debate, but Luis Enrique already said it, we are very calm. Spain manager Luis Enrique believes that Adama Traore and Ansu Fati can form an impressive partnership. Wolves star Traore made his Spain debut as a substitute in the goalless draw against Portugal this week, while Barcelona prospect Fati was also on the bench but didn't get onto the pitch. Enrique feels that the two players, who both possess impressive speed and technique, are capable of working well together. Enrique told AS: 'Of course they can play together, just like everyone in this squad,' 'The problem is that I can only play 11 players at one time. 'I have no incompatible players in this squad, and Ansu and Adama can definitely play together.' Traore's versatility - he can play as a wing-back, a winger or up front - makes him a useful option for Enrique. Last month he found the net against Ukraine on his first start for Spain, becoming his country's youngest ever goalscorer aged 17 years and 311 days. Like Fati, Traore developed at Barcelona's renowned La Masia academy, although it has taken him rather longer to get international recognition.