Liverpool are hoping to sign Wolves star Adama Traore this summer but the winger’s former manager Tony Pulis, who is still in contact with the 24-year-old, has explained what the future holds for the Spaniard.
Traore began his career at Barcelona but did not flourish until he moved to England.
Pulis coached the attacker at Middlesbrough after signing him from Aston Villa.
He has since moved to Wolves where he has helped the Midlanders to sixth in the table and they are challenging for a Champions League place.
However, Traore’s future at Molineux is up in the air but Pulis claims the attacker only has one thing on his mind.
And he reckons Traore will remain with Wolves to focus on his main goal of getting an international call-up.
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“You meet people in life who are really, really good people, and Adama is a really good person,” Pulis told Stats Perform News.
“You hope and pray those people get everything out of life that they possibly can.
“He’s gone to Wolves – we didn’t want to get rid of him at Middlesbrough, but the only problem was the finances… He went to the right club, stepped up and has murdered it.
“I think he can only get better. His temperament and personality is first class.
“His next step, I speak to him now and then, his next step is to get a place in the Spanish side.
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“I’ll be quite content for him, and I said this to him, to settle down. He seems happy at Wolves. He’s playing under a manager that’s confident with him and gives the respect Adama needs.
“But Adama’s big challenge is seeing if he can get a place in the Spanish team and keep it.”
There were question marks over Traore when he first moved to the UK but those have since been quashed.
“I think Adama always had the ability to play,” Pulis added.
“The big thing was his confidence. I think I probably caught him at the right time. He had gone and worked for a few managers who weren’t enamoured enough to play him on a regular basis.
“I obviously knew him as a West Brom manager watching [Aston] Villa, watched him in the reserves a few times. His pace and balance was just extraordinary.
“Going to Middlesbrough, he wasn’t in the team when I got there but I wanted to make him a focal point of the team.
“We did that and the biggest thing with him is that he grew in confidence and he started to believe in himself.
“I made him my best friend. He used to come in and make me a cup of coffee after lunch and we would sit down and watch videos.
“He became a friend and he knew he’d be first pick on the team sheet. And the team understood what we could get from him and what we couldn’t.
“Having said that, as the season progressed, he learned the other side of the game [defensive] as well.”
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