Ruben Neves talks about his Wolverhampton Wanderers introduction
Wolverhampton Wanderers' record signing Ruben Neves reckons Championship football is more intense than the Primeira Liga, where they is a lot of time-wasting.
The Portugal international arrived at the Molineux from Porto earlier in July, and there were a lot of eyebrows raised over his move. Neves had previously attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, but he found it hard to refuse a move to West Midlands after he got the opportunity to work alongside former Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
In a report covered by The Guardian, Neves took time to speak about life in West Midlands, although he admitted that he is finding it tough with his young family having settled in Portugal, he said: "I like the city. I like the environment. It’s a calm atmosphere."
Meanwhile, the 20-year-old also compared the style of play in England and Portugal, and he admitted that the Championship is more intense as it involves a steady momentum throughout the game, he said: "It’s a more aggressive, more physical type of football, and the big difference that I’ve noticed so far is the competitive rhythm of the game.
The first two games here were physical and fast for the whole 90 minutes. You’re running as much as you can for the whole game. That’s a huge difference with Portugal because, unfortunately, there’s a lot of time-wasting there."
Neves has already scored a belter during his short time at the Molineux, and he will have a huge responsibility on his head if the Wolves are to clinch promotion back to the Premier League. Nuno Espirito's side are already deemed favourites to clinch the Championship title, but they have recently fallen off the pace with a draw and defeat in their last two outings. Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently fourth in the table with 10 points, five adrift of leaders Cardiff City, who have a 100 percent record.