Joao Moutinho has signed a new one-year deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers, ending uncertainty over his future.
The Athletic reported last month that the Portugal international was close to extending a deal that was up this summer.
The 35-year-old midfielder was keen for a two-year extension but has finally agreed an extra 12-month stay in a significant boost to head coach Bruno Lage.
He will return to pre-season training on Wednesday as Wolves gear up for a Premier League opener at Leeds United on August 6.
Moutinho joined Wolves in 2018 from Monaco for £5 million and has played 176 times for the club. He enjoyed an influential 2021-22 campaign, making 35 Premier League appearances.
It is believed Wolves have offered him the same wage as his last deal — said to be around the six-figure mark — which makes Moutinho one of the very top earners at Molineux.
Wolves have seen Romain Saiss, John Ruddy and Fernando Marcal leave at the end of their deals but were keen to retain Moutinho, who is a key dressing room figure and leader.
Wolves technical director Scott Sellars said: “In Joao’s time at the club, he’s been vital, bringing real experience and quality to the group, so to get him resigned is a massive boost for us all.
“With contracts, it’s about getting to a place where everybody’s happy, the club and the player, and it isn’t always easy, but in the end what matters is the outcome and we’re very happy with it.
“He’s a huge influence in the dressing room, with the younger players, and sets standards that they follow. His and Bruno’s relationship is very important. As a coach, you like players who can solve things on the pitch, and Joao is certainly one of them.”
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