'God willing' - Wolves star speaks out on Manchester United transfer rumours

Matheus Cunha of Wolverhampton Wanderers is interviewed
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Wolves forward Matheus Cunha has played down talk of a potential move to Manchester United this summer.

The Brazilian was recently linked with a £60million move to Old Trafford after an impressive season with his current employers, which brought a return of 14 goals and eight assists in 36 appearances for the club.

Cunha is under contract at Molineux until 2027 after signing for Wolves on a permanent basis this time last year and could become the latest big name to depart the West Midlands after the likes of Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore.

Currently back in his home country the 25-year-old was unable to escape speculation over his future and was asked to comment on the prospect of joining United in the coming weeks while watching his local side Botafogo-PB in action.

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Responding to this question, he told Globo Esporte: "Whenever I can, I come along [to Botafogo-PB games]. I always want to show that (the affection) is reciprocated. Then we see that talk (Manchester United). But I’m very happy at Wolves.

"My focus is on resting and making the most of my time with my family. I’m very happy at Wolves. The focus now is on having better seasons and helping the club. God willing, I’ll continue on this path."

Speaking ahead of the final day of the Premier League season, Wolves manager Gary O'Neil hinted that sales of key players may be on the agenda this summer in order to go out and spend as a club.

"We won't be blessed with resources as in money to spend," he said. "We have a lot of players out on loan, so hopefully some of them can come back and help us or we will be able to sell some and that will help us [spend]. The owners have put in an awful lot of money in recent years and they're not in a position at the moment to put loads [more] in.

"So they'll be able to help with little bits but we won't be going out and signing £40million number nines. We have to be really clever and cute in what we're able to recruit. That's part of the challenge.

"Certain managers won't want to work under those sorts of circumstances and will think it's tough and difficult. But it's something I'm really looking forward to and relish. I am sure there will be tough moments when I face criticism, but we dig in and try and have another successful season next year."