Matheus Nunes forced through move to Man City after 'unexpected' altercation angered Wolves staff
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Details surrounding Matheus Nunes' big-money transfer from Wolves to Manchester City in the summer have emerged – and it makes for fascinating reading.
Matt Hobbs, the club's sporting director, appeared to publicly criticise the Portuguese midfielder for his behaviour in the build-up to his switch.
"I was disappointed with how it ended, it wasn't necessary the stance Matheus took, but we ended with a good resolution for everyone," he said.
"We've lost a player with a lot of potential, a lot of ability, but the situation has led to us bringing a greater number of players in to improve the squad and provide competition in the group."
Nunes would face disciplinary action over his absence from training after he expressed his desire to join Pep Guardiola's side.
And now, a report from The Telegraph suggests Nunes forced through his move to City after an 'unexpected and fiery' altercation that left Wolves' staff furious.
It is believed Nunes held talks with the previously mentioned Hobbs at the club's Compton Park training complex and was advised to 'stay calm and behave professionally.'
Wolves informed the player that there was a 'genuine chance' that a deal would happen, although they did stress that it would be on their terms.
Nunes, who believed his chance of joining Manchester City was gone, would proceed to react badly, and an hour later, he refused to train before driving off in his car.
After lengthy talks between City's director of football Txiki Begiristain and Hobbs, it was agreed that City would pay £53 million, with no add-ons, but a 10 per cent sell-on clause.
Wolves initially rejected an offer worth £47 million, according to The Athletic, but the Portuguese midfielder eventually penned a five-year deal at the Etihad.
“I’m so happy to be joining Manchester City, the Champions of Europe and a club I’ve admired for a long time," Nunes said after signing.
“The opportunity to work under Pep Guardiola, one of the greatest managers ever, and alongside some of the best players in the world was something I simply couldn’t turn down.
“I learned so much during my season at Wolves and I’m excited to continue improving in the Premier League, a division which brings the best out of me.
"I’m really excited to get going, meet the fans and hopefully be a part of plenty more success at City.”