Nuno explains plan for Wolves old boy Diogo Jota and makes Fabinho admission

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has put his side on alert for old boy Diogo Jota on Monday night and promised the striker a bear hug.

Wanderers don’t need to analyse Liverpool’s Portuguese striker Jota in detail to know he is deadly.

Jota scored 44 goals in 131 appearances for the Molineux side, including hat-tricks in last season’s Europa League against Besiktas and Espanyol.

It followed his successful loan in their 2017-18 Championship-winning campaign from Atletico Madrid before a £12.8million permanent switch in 2018.

Now the Portuguese international,24, who joined Liverpool in the close season for £41m, is set to star back on his old stomping ground.

Nuno reflected: “I will give him a big hug and eventually a kiss – this is how much I like him.

“If I see him before I will hug him strongly and at the end I will hug him no matter what because I have a big admiration for him.

Diogo Jota has already helped his new club Liverpool beat Nuno’s Wolves once this season

“We had three years together everyday.

“I am absolutely sure if Molineux was full of our fans he would have a huge reception.

“What Diogo did with us was amazing, fantastic and beyond words.

“He was truly admired because he gave everything he had for the club and for us.

“He joined us in the Championship and put his life and heart here which cannot ever be forgotten.

“He is on his way now and went to a fantastic club and is healthy again and playing football and smiling.

“We wish him all the best.”

Monday’s game will also see a reunion for Nuno with his former player Fabinho.

Nuno has revealed he used to coach Liverpool midfielder Fabinho in Portugal as a teenager

Nuno briefly coached the Brazilian, 27, at the start of his managerial career with Rio Ave in Portugal in 2012.

He recalled: “Fabinho is an amazing, fantastic player.

“We were together at the beginning at Rio Ave when he came to Europe.

“It was many years ago and I was just starting.

“We brought two players from Brazil – Filipe Augusto and Fabinho.

“We were together for two weeks when from out of nowhere he goes on loan to Real Madrid.

“I say: ‘phew, I teach this boy very well’.

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“He was a fantastic boy and an amazing football player.

“Then he did Real Madrid, Monaco and now Liverpool.

“He was not the player he is now and was just a young boy of talent.

“He was in the Brazil U20s and in the Pan American games.

“He was a right-back and I think he changed his natural position at Monaco with Leonardo Jardim who was the manager who started putting him in midfield.

“I am delighted Fabinho is one of the many players I have the pleasure to work with who have achieved good things in football. It is so nice.”


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