Julen Lopetegui remains coy when asked about his long-term Wolves future – ‘we will see’

Lopetegui on Wolves Credit: Alamy
Lopetegui on Wolves Credit: Alamy

Head coach Julen Lopetegui remained coy when asked about his future at Wolves during his last press conference of the 2022/23 campaign.

The Spaniard’s long-term future at the Premier League club has been in the spotlight in recent weeks as there is uncertainty about his position.

Financial fair play regulations will impact the club’s spending power during this summer’s transfer window and Lopetegui has publicly admitted that he only found out about these issues last week.

He has been calling for investment since securing Premier League safety and the manager will continue to speak to chairman Jeff Shi about what backing he will receive.

He said: “We will see, we have to discuss with the chairman and owners. The most important thing is what the solution is going to be. When you have a problem you have to solve the problem.

“This is all. About my future, I have a contract and we will see what is going to happen, This is football, we don’t know.

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“We have to talk, it’s not about one or two days. We have to talk about the solution and the future to be able to have a squad ready to compete again.

“This year has been a wake-up call. We have to learn why it has happened and to overcome and make our homework this summer. It’s not about one or two days. We need a clear picture.

“It’s important to have the squad ready. Maybe not 100 per cent of players but maybe 90 per cent. For me it’s very important, to have the squad ready to start working with us on July 1.”

Wolves to go Arsenal for Sunday’s Premier League finale and Joao Moutinho will not feature and is likely to have played his last game for the club as he is out of contract in the summer.

Sasa Kalajdzic (knee) is out while Lopetegui himself is banned from the touchline for collecting four yellow cards.

He added: “On Sunday we have an important match because it’s the last of the season. They have been very close to winning the Premier League and will want to make a good match in front of their fans. We have to be ready to compete with them.”

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