Coady, meanwhile, has risen to the top with his current side having joined them in 2015, going from the Championship to Europa League football, while he’s also been on the cusp of an international call-up.
But when asked if he would swap Maguire for Coady or any of the other Wolves defenders, Jota said: “That is some question! I think Harry Maguire has a lot of quality but I know the players that we have in our team and I trust them.”
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And when it comes to the enormous sum of spent on Maguire, Jota admitted transfer fees may be out of control but there is not much players can do about it.
He added: “It (the £80m fee) is hard to explain. The market is unreal now in my opinion. But nothing to do with me, it is to do with the clubs and it is the moment we are living. We just have to respect that amount.”
The Portuguese forward is also well aware Monday’s opponents are now more formidable than last year.
Wolves won two of their three encounters with Man United in 2018/19 with Jota scoring in both the victories but now they have added Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Maguire to their ranks it is set to be much tougher.
He said:”It’s a new season. Solskjaer has had more time to work with his players, he’s made his own changes.
“In the transfer market they’ve tried to improve their team so we know it’s going to be very hard for us. We have to understand that we will face a very big team.”
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Comfortable on the wing or in the middle, the 24-year-old could have slotted in seamlessly to the Three Lions’ squad.
If he maintains his form next season, an England call-up could be on the horizon.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)
With Trippier’s inconsistent form and a Champions League final with Tottenham just five days before England’s clash against the Netherlands, it was surprising to see Wan-Bissaka’s wait for a senior call-up go on.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a superb season with Palace, and his form has seen him linked with Manchester United, who are looking to replace departing defender Antonio Valencia.
No defender won tackles than Wan-Bissaka (129) in the 2018/19 Premier League season.
Conor Coady (Wolves)
Coady played every minute of Wolves’ return to the Premier League as they finished seventh.
The centre-half’s distribution from the back would suit England’s style of play.
And with John Stones and Joe Gomez playing very little football recently, Coady could have been a welcome addition to the squad.
Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Danny Welbeck, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek may all feature for their clubs just days before England play in Portugal.
It is not an ideal scenario for Southgate, who previously admitted it would be a ‘mess’ if one or two English clubs reached the Champions League final.
In March, he said: “It could be a mess.
“Let’s say if two of our teams made it to the Champions League final then we wouldn’t see them, at best, until the Monday before we play on the Thursday.”
So, if Southgate wants fresh legs, who could be in line for an unexpected call-up?
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Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)
Wan-Bissaka is unfortunate to be competing against Kyle Walker, Alexander-Arnold and Trippier for a place in the senior squad.
Given Trippier’s inconsistent form since the 2018 World Cup, the right-back could be forgiven for feeling hard done by after missing out on the Czech Republic and Montenegro wins in March.
Wan-Bissaka, 21, has started 35 Premier League games this season, showing consistency and maturity beyond his years. It is surely a matter of time before the youngster earns a senior cap.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
Bertrand criticised Gareth Southgate’s ‘oversight’ after he failed to make the 23-man World Cup squad last summer – and March 2018 remains the last time he was called up. But with Rose playing in a Champions League final just five days before the Netherlands clash, Bertrand could be recalled. After returning from a three-month injury lay-off in February, he helped Southampton to huge wins over Tottenham and Wolves to preserve the club’s top-flight status.
James Maddison (Leicester)
After his impressive debut season in the Premier League, a call-up to the senior side wouldn’t be too shocking. He was left out of the senior squad in March as Southgate said the 22-year-old’s No.10 position did not fit into England’s current formation (4-4-3).
Since Brendan Rodgers’ appointment at the King Power Stadium, Maddison has successfully played in a midfield three alongside Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans.
Could a senior England debut be around the corner for the playmaker?
Conor Coady (Wolves)
Joe Gomez, who is likely to be on the bench against Tottenham, is England’s only centre-back playing in the Champions League or Europa League final, however, it could still be difficult for Southgate to ignore Coady’s terrific season.
He and his team-mates will be playing European football next term if Watford fail to beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final this weekend, live on talkSPORT. Coady is a ball-playing defender and seems ready-made for Southgate’s England squad.
Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Pep Guardiola started Foden against Tottenham and Leicester in their title run-in, a sign of how much the Spaniard trusts him.
“There’s no reason we can’t do a job there,” he told the Express & Star.
“We’ve played some good stuff this year, there’s been some highs, some lows, but we’ve got a certain way of playing, we’ll stick with that and hopefully end the season on a high.
“Every week I look at Liverpool and hope they win. I supported them growing up but I’m playing for Wolves now, and no matter who we are playing against, we go there to win and that’s the mentality we’ll all have.
“My mates are all season-ticket holders there and keep saying a few things about it.
“I supported Liverpool growing up but I play for Wolves now. What they’ve done this year has been absolutely incredible, the title race has been amazing.
“We go there to win, that’s the mentality we’ve built over the past two years.”
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Wolves have been the surprise package of the Premier League this season.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have been the next-best outside the dominating top-six, securing seventh place which will book a Europa League qualifying spot if Manchester City beat Watford in next week’s FA Cup final.
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It is the highest finish of a newly-promoted club in the Premier League since Ipswich came fifth in 2001.
And Coady insists his side will be full of confidence they can get a result against a Liverpool team that has only lost once all season.
“This is our first year back in the Premier League and we have the chance to get 60 points which would be amazing,” added the defender.
“We’re playing good stuff and we’re going there full of confidence, and hopefully to get the win.
“We’ve got a certain way of playing and we will stick to that. Hopefully we can end the season on a high.
“It’s a good game, looking at what they have done and our season. It’s important we enjoy the game because when you do that, you play well.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned his Manchester United players other clubs will be looking to chase them next season.
The Red Devils will finish sixth if they fail to better Arsenal’s result on the final day of the 2018/19 campaign.
Solskjaer said: “You’ve got Leicester, Everton, Watford, probably Newcastle, you’ve got clubs that want to chase us. We have to make sure that we are the ones who chase those ahead of us.
“We have to make sure that we are getting closer and moving that way up the table and not looking over the shoulders because there are big clubs, good clubs wanting to chase that top six.”
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Goalkeeper – Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham)
Fabianski has been an ever-present in Manuel Pellegrini’s side since signing from Swansea last summer. The 34-year-old has been the busiest goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, making 140 saves. He has proven himself as a reliable top-flight No.1 since leaving Arsenal in 2014.
Right-back – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)
Wan-Bissaka, who won Crystal Palace’s Player of the Year award, has been one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League this season.
Not many people would have blamed him for counting himself unlucky after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad in March.
The towering defender was able to take his 2018 World Cup form with England into this season – and has been a regular fixture at the back for Leicester. Maguire will be crucial to the Foxes’ chances of mounting a top-six push next season.
Centre-back – Conor Coady (Wolves)
The former Liverpool trainee has been one of Wolves’ standout players in their first season back in the Premier League.
Playing every single minute of the Premier League season so far, Coady has helped them to an impressive seventh-placed finish.
The club captain will be playing Europa League football next season if Manchester City beat Watford in this month’s FA Cup final. Surely an England call-up is on the horizon?
Left-back – Lucas Digne (Everton)
Digne has enjoyed a successful debut season in the Premier League, chipping in with four goals and assists each.
He has been part of a watertight Everton defence, which has kept eight clean sheets in ten games.
Only Liverpool (20), Manchester City (20) and Chelsea (15) have had more shutouts than Everton (14) this term.
Right-wing – Richarlison (Everton)
Similarly to his team-mate Digne, Richarlison has been one of Everton’s best players this term.
He has had yet another fine season in the Premier League and is on course to help Watford finish in the top ten.
Central midfield – James Maddison (Leicester)
Signed for £22.5million from Norwich last year, that transfer fee seems like a bargain now. In his first season in the Premier League, Maddison has been directly involved in 14 goals, scoring and assisting seven each.
The Mexico international has scored 17 goals and registered seven assists in all competitions. He has arguably been one of the signings of the season. Jimenez has also struck up a deadly strike partnership with Diogo Jota.
Striker – Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
Vardy has scored 18 goals in another prolific top-flight season for Leicester. At the age of 32, he is showing no signs of slowing down. He has netted 11 goals in his last 12 games in what has been an excellent end to the campaign.
Conor Coady and fellow defender Matt Doherty have signed new long-term contracts with Premier League club Wolves.
Coady, 25, and Doherty, 27, have both agreed new four-and-a-half-year deals until 2023, Wolves announced on their official website.
“Conor Coady and Matt Doherty have committed their long-term futures to Wolves by agreeing new deals until 2023,” read a statement.
“Wolves’ longest-serving player, Doherty, like Coady, has put pen to paper on a new-four-and-a-half-year deal.”
Coady, who progressed through Liverpool’s academy, joined Wolves in 2015 after loan spells with Sheffield United and Huddersfield and has been a regular in the Premier League this season, making 26 appearances.
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Republic of Ireland right-back Doherty, who arrived at Molineux from Bohemians in 2010, made his 200th league appearance for Wolves earlier this season.
Meanwhile, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits he let emotions get the better of him against Bristol City last season, as he prepares to return to Ashton Gate.
The Championship fixture between the two sides at the end of 2017 saw Nuno sent to the stands after impeding on Bristol City’s technical area, while there were red cards for Wolves defender Danny Batth and home goalkeeper Frank Fielding.
Nuno’s team travel to Bristol City again on Sunday, this time as a club seventh in the Premier League, in the FA Cup.
Ahead of the fifth round tie, he said: “That game was so emotional. Particularly it was so hard for me as I was sent off and went to the stands. Being there, you realise that you cannot help the team.
“All the emotions come and later what I felt was a big, big joy and a tremendous moment of happiness. It was so important for us that I could not contain myself.
Wolves captain Conor Coady is being tracked by Arsenal and Liverpool, according to reports.
Coady, the centre-back, has established himself as one of the best defenders outside the Premier League’s top six since Wolves’ return to the top flight, and he is even reportedly on the verge of earning an England call-up.
However, his future at Molineux has come under doubt as at the end of this season he will have just two years remaining on his existing contract.
Wolves are ready to open talks with Coady over extending his deal, as they know, according to the Daily Mail, that Arsenal and Liverpool are monitoring the 25-year-old.
Coady began his career with Liverpool but after graduating from their academy he made just one Premier League appearance before leaving for Huddersfield.
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The Reds are monitoring their former youngster, but Arsenal are also interested, allegedly due to Coady’s ability to play the ball out of defence; naturally a midfielder, Coady only moved into the backline upon Nuno’s appointment as Wolves manager.
The Molineux club – who currently sit 11th in the table upon their return to the Premier League – are willing to hand Coady a pay-rise to extend his contract, both to reward his improvement as a player and for the work he does for Wolves off the pitch.
And asked about the praise from two legends of the English game, Coady told Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “It was fantastic listening to what they said.
“I was sat at home on the couch watching it and I’ve watched Match of the Day all my life, so I nearly fell off the couch when they started speaking about it!
“It was brilliant, but it’s not something I really think about to be honest.
“It’s something where, if it ever came, it would be great.
“But I’m not thinking about it too much, I’m just concentrating on playing as well as I can for Wolves, getting better and listening to the manager as much as possible.”
While Coady patiently waits for his chance to shine, though, Ian Wright believes he’s been hard done by by Southgate.
The Three Lions boss revealed last season that he was impressed by the young defender’s form in the Championship, but would have to prove himself in the Premier League before he was considered for the national team.
But in his latest squad, the England manager selected Mason Mount, the 19-year-old Derby midfielder on loan from Chelsea who has not made a single appearance in the top flight.
Wright said on MOTD: “Last season Coady played brilliantly in the Championship and didn’t get a call-up, because of that reason.
“Now you see Mason Mount, who got his call-up and deservedly so as well, and the Wolverhampton fans are very disappointed because they thought that Conor Coady should have got one.
“Now he’s continued that form into the Premier League and he’s been overlooked.
“I share their disappointment because he’s been magnificent.
Shearer added: “He’s played at youth level for England, captained England’s Under-17s, Under-19s and Under-20s – if he keeps on performing like that it won’t be long before he gets a full shout from Gareth Southgate.”
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