“I like pressure, I like proving people wrong…”
It’s a message from the confident Adama Traoré, with a wry smile on his face.
Traoré has had a challenging season. The Wolves winger has only started six games, and with good reason.
Traoré played very little in the pre-season due to injury and then found it difficult to get into the side under former Wolves boss Bruno Large when he got back in shape.
“I was a little frustrated. The injury lasted a little longer. I was in pain, I wasn’t comfortable. This was the situation. This is football and I have to make myself stronger. Now. I’m fine,” said Traoré.Said sky sports news.
“You can always get better. This is the mentality I have every day. Work on yourself every day and be better than you were yesterday.”
“About the contract…”
Traoré is out of contract this summer and has been asked about the matter many times since Julen Lopetegui became Wolves manager.
It’s a decision that touches the hearts of many Wolves fans, as they’ve seen the cult hero make more than 150 appearances for the club since joining in 2018.
The question on many people’s lips in Wolverhampton was, will he stay?
“I think everyone asked me about my contract,” Traoré said. “For me, it’s important now to help the team grow, and then we’ll see what happens.”
With the transfer market open, Traoré’s future remains under constant speculation, and he explains how difficult it is for some players to cope with the attention.
“Fans don’t see the situation, the pressure, what’s behind the scenes. They see what’s going on on social media, and sometimes it’s fake,” Traoré said.
“The most important thing for fans is to understand that what the media says is not true, and sometimes we need to listen to what the players have to say.
“Every player handles pressure differently. For me, it’s part of the job, I enjoy being a football player and I work hard to be on the pitch and enjoy the game.
“The deal will be up to the club. The club have to talk to me. Let’s talk and see what happens…”
Lopetegui and the spell of Barcelona
During his time at Barcelona last year, Traoré faced Lopetegui when he was at Sevilla. So how did he find his current boss?
“He’s a good player. He’s sending a message to the team to focus on all aspects of the game. We’re confident in what he’s doing. That’s the most important thing,” Traoré said. Said.
“I think mentality is important. When someone who works under you believes in what he does, it affects the players on the pitch. That’s the most important thing.”
In January 2022, in a perhaps unexpected move, Traoré returned to his hometown club Barcelona on loan.
It was an experience he clearly enjoyed, but it was also a learning experience.
“It was great. It was great to be back to my hometown, to my family and my friends. It was great to be back in the club where I grew up,” said Traoré.
“I learned a lot, how they prepare for a match, how they think, what they look like in the locker room… I know a lot of them, (Sergio) Busquets, (Dani) Alves. I learned from – they all impressed me”
Traoré’s teammates, coaches and Wolves fans are all hopeful that Traoré can apply what he learned at Barcelona and avoid relegation this season, but he thinks he can do it. I wonder?
To be honest, I love my fans. they always support me. I will return the favor by staying in the Premier League. ”