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Neves bids farewell to Wolves after sealing Al-Hilal move
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Ruben Neves is the latest high-profile player to secure a move to Saudi Arabia (Nick Potts/PA)
Ruben Neves is the latest high-profile player to secure a move to Saudi Arabia (Nick Potts/PA)

Wolves have confirmed the departure of captain Ruben Neves to Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal for a club record £47million.

The Portugal midfielder, 26, scored 30 goals in 253 appearances during six seasons at Molineux.

Neves wiped away tears in an emotional farewell video posted on the Premier League club's Twitter account.

He said: "Six seasons, 253 games, champions of the Championship, five years of Premier League football, an FA Cup semi-final, our European adventure and some huge wins.

"And thousands of memories that will last forever, what an unbelievable journey. I’ve worked with so many great people along the way.

“Every single moment was unforgettable.

"I hope we can keep this big connection. I leave as a player but I will always be a Wolf no matter what."

Neves, who had one year remaining on his contract, was part of the Wolves team that won the Championship title in 2018 following his move from Porto.

He then helped the Midlands outfit to two consecutive seventh-placed finishes in the top flight, in addition to an FA Cup semi-final in 2019 and the Europa League quarter-finals in 2020.

Wolves sporting director Matt Hobbs said: "Ruben is the embodiment of everything you look for when trying to bring players into a football club... a leader, a humble man and an extremely talented footballer who took Wolves to a different level.

"He was part of a great era for this club and will go down as one of our best ever players.

"We are grateful for everything he has done for Wolves and wish him and his family the very best for the future."

Neves becomes the latest high-profile player to move to Saudi Arabia.

Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante have already completed free transfers to Al-Ittihad this month, while Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Al Nassr in December.


Premier LeagueWolverhampton WanderersAl-HilalSaudi Pro League (SPL)
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