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Nuno has a fully-fit squad

The club will lose their stars if they struggle to reach the Champions League, says head coach Wolves Nuno Espirito Santo.

Wolves travel to Aston Villa on Saturday as potential contenders for the top four, for just their second season back in the Premier League.

With Manchester United placing Chelsea and leveling on points, they sit sixth, five points behind fourth.

If the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Manchester City’s two-year European ban for violating financial fair play laws, the Fifth place will secure a Champions League spot.

Sky Sports says Nuno remains unconcerned about any exodus whereas many of them were linked to moves by Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore, and Ruben Neves.

He said: “I don’t think that’s the reason they are here. The reason is they enjoy working together so we don’t have to achieve anything to retain them. At no point am I thinking about it?”

“We don’t think about that (the top four). There’s no race for anything, the race is to compete, improve, and make good games. This is a challenge for every team at this moment.”

“I’m very proud of the work we have been doing. We have begun to build something, we did the right things and we are still in a building process.”

“We have achieved important and remarkable things but still have a long way to go, there is still a lot of room to improve.”

“When we started we didn’t know what was in front of us but we know we had a fantastic club to take care of and try to become as huge as it was in its past history.”

Wolves followed a 2-0 win over Bournemouth at West Ham with a 1-0 win Wednesday. Despite remaining in the table at the second bottom, Nuno has a fully-fit squad in front of the trip to Villa Park and is cautious of their hosts.

He added: “I expect Villa to be very difficult because they have good players. The table doesn’t mean anything, in this mini-tournament we have anything is possible. We look at Villa as a strong opponent.”

“I appreciate Dean (Smith), I respect him a lot. We are rivals and it’s special for us.”

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