Wolves boss Bruno Lage warns Newcastle that wealth alone is not enough to crack Europe’s elite ahead of his side’s trip to St James’ Park
- Wolves travel to St James’ Park on Friday to face Newcastle in the league
- Newcastle are the richest club in the world following the Saudi-backed takeover
- The Toon have escaped the threat of relegation thanks to spending in January
- But Bruno Lage has claimed their wealth is not enough to make a breakthrough
Bruno Lage has warned Newcastle that wealth alone will not be enough to crack the European elite as he takes his Wolves side to St James’ Park on Friday.
Newcastle are the richest club in the world following the £305million Saudi-backed takeover and have moved out of the relegation zone thanks to heavy investment in the January transfer window.
Though they have the spending power to take on any rival, Wolves boss Lage believes they will need more than that to make a significant breakthrough.
Bruno Lage warned Newcastle that wealth alone will not be enough to crack the European elite
Newcastle are the richest club in the world following the £305million Saudi-backed takeover
‘There are about 10 teams who dominate the game in the last 10 years,’ said the Portuguese. ‘They have good stadiums, good academies, maybe nice towns to live in, there has been big investment, and they are fighting for trophies.
‘It’s hard for a team like Newcastle or another team to find the right players or right manager to convince them and change everything in just one year.
‘Players’ careers are short, they play for 10 or 12 years, and the best players at the moment are in these 10 teams.
‘You can have the money but also it’s hard to convince them to move from that team, that city, from that club who can be ready to fight for European competitions, and to come and start a new project.’
January spending has helped Eddie Howe’s (pictured) side move out of the relegation zone
Lage’s side remain in the hunt to qualify for Europe next term after an impressive first season at the helm for the former Benfica boss.
But with Wolves’ owners Fosun determined to run the business responsibly, there is unlikely to be extravagant spending on transfers this summer.
Lage added: ‘It’s also hard for us. We are in a place where we need the right players to help us to a different level, at the right price.
‘It’s not so easy to convince them to come here and help us do better. When you find the player, he probably has 10 or 12 proposals and we need to convince him we have the best project for his career.’