Adama Traore: Wolves coach Bruno Lage says winger’s contract situation has no influence on the national team | Football news


Wolves coach Bruno Lage defended his decision not to start Adama Traore at Crystal Palace and dismissed talks about his contract status.

Second-half goals from Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher led Wanderers to a first loss in six games after a 2-0 setback in South London.

After struggling to dictate possession or create chances at Selhurst Park, Lage was told that the game might have been a good fit for Traore, who thrived on a counterattack system under Nuno Espirito Santo.

With no goal or assist this season, the former Barcelona forward dropped to the bench for a 2-1 win over Everton on Monday and only played the final 22 minutes against Palace.

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“That is always the question. When you are looking for the starting team we want, we always have to make decisions,” Lage said when asked about Traore.

“We play with Adama also against Leeds and we do not have the opportunity to enter the transition. Okay, I understand your question and we sure think about it.”

We try to understand the game and look for spaces to play with Rayan (Ait-Nouri) and Nelsen (Semedo) because they are in good positions. We try to see, especially from behind, if our midfielders come with pressure or not and also to find Hwang Hee-chan and Francisco Trincao between the lines.

“After that, we go and attack the defensive line, but for that we need to make good decisions from behind and find the spaces, so when I look at the game, it was not a good performance.”

Traore was about to score a contender for the goal of the season
Traore has yet to score or assist this season

Traore was strongly linked with a transfer to Tottenham in the summer and a meeting with former boss Nuno, who has since left the club.

No transfers occurred and the 25-year-old now only has 18 months left on his current contract with no progress in the talks that initially began during the previous season.

While there is no indication that Lage was told not to play Traore due to the current contract situation, the 45-year-old insisted that he would never accept such an order anyway.

“No, no, no. I don’t know what happened before. But I’m sure I’m 100% free to make my decisions and that’s my job,” he added.

“The personality I have, I don’t accept this kind of thing in my role. One thing is the contract and the other is my ideas. If I need him to play and win games, I’ll put him back.”


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