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Shi Expecting Easier Summer Window

Shi Expecting Easier Summer Window

Executive chairman Jeff Shi believes it will be easier for Wolves to attract higher calibre players to the club this summer. Wolves stormed to the Championship title last season, finishing nine points clear of second-place Cardiff, and Nuno Espirito Santo decided to bring in 11 new players before the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

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Goalkeeper Rui Patricio was snapped up on a free transfer while Raul Jimenez joined on a year-long loan from Benfica, a deal that has since been made permanent for a club-record £30million. The Black Country outfit finished this term in seventh and they will be entered into the qualifying rounds for next season’s Europa League if Watford fail to beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

Speaking ahead of what is expected to be another busy summer at Molineux, Shi believes the club’s impressive campaign in England’s top flight will help massively with future business. “We are at a better position than the last season,” he told the club’s official website.

“To be honest, in the last season when we were just promoted, I felt some players didn’t want to come because ‘oh, you’re just promoted, maybe you will go down again’. “Now we have shown that we can be very competitive in the Premier League, and we have also beaten many strong teams which makes the club more attractive to the top players in the world. “We have a top coach and a top team, so I think the job will be easier to us, but because we are already here, the requirement for the quality of the players will be higher.”

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