Sheffield United had a bid rejected for the Wolves man.
Anthony Knockaert of Brighton & Hove Albion and Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove...
New players have arrived from some glamourous European outfits to join the Portuguese manager in his new project at Molineux, with Ruben Neves signing on from Porto and Diogo Jota joining on loan from Atletico Madrid.
But keeping Coady will be the biggest and best result of the lot because of his importance to how Santo wants to play.
The former Valencia manager has put a 3-4-3 system in place at Wolves, and dropped Coady back from his natural central midfield role to man the centre of the back three.
Having showed a natural affinity for the position in pre-season, Coady captained Wolves with aplomb in an opening-day win over Middlesbrough.
Using a good passer who is at at ease on the ball is vital for the pivot position of a three-man defence, and Coady’s history as a midfielder makes him a perfect candidate.
Because of that, Santo is able to play the possession-based style that he craves, with attacks starting from the back through the former Liverpool youth player. Losing him would have likely meant bringing club skipper Danny Batth back into the fray, who is far less suited to such a style.
But with Santo taking such a firm stance on Coady’s future, Wolves look set for a promising campaign.