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Reported Wolverhampton Wanderers target Otavio is a ‘great talent’ and will stay at Porto this summer, legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas has told Porto Canal, translated by JN.

Then again, with the midfielder due to become a free agent in 2021 and talks over a new contract not exactly going to plan, Casillas’s claims may be more in hope than expectation.

Speaking last month, Otavio’s agent admitted that the Brazilian wanted a ‘new adventure’, adding that ‘renewal negotiations have not gone well’.

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According to the Mirror (28 June, page 49) Wolves are interested in adding the £15 million-rated play-maker to an already Iberian infused Molineux dressing room.

Yet Casillas, who has shared a pitch with Otavio for a number of years at the Estadio do Dragao, is convinced that a ‘great talent’ will commit his future to Porto eventually.

“Otavio is not for sale, Otavio stays here with us,” says the 2010 World Cup winner, who announced his retirement after a storied playing career in midweek.

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Thanks to a remarkable run of results since the season campaign re-started in June, Sergio Conceicao’s side took their trophy back from bitter rivals Benfica after two years stuck in the runners-up spot.

With 15 assists in all competitions, it was Otavio’s defence splitting abilities which transformed Porto from budding usurpers into the Princes of Portuguese football once again.

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