Nuno Espirito Santo will snub Chelsea interest to remain at Wolves for another season, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker hailed Nuno as a “world class” manager who is already at the ideal club.
The Portugese has been linked with the Chelsea post amid widespread reports that Maurizio Sarri is to imminently be appointed the new boss of Juventus.
Whelan is not convinced that the timing is right for Nuno to head to the recently-crowned Europa League winners amid an expected summer transfer ban and the sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
“Nuno is undoubtedly a very good manager and I would be surprised if Chelsea weren’t interested in him,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He’s detailed, analytical, can get the best out of players, implement a successful and attractive playing style, and has been very successful with recruitment.
“Why would he want to leave Wolves? He has developed into a world class operator. I think he would want to stay at the club and take them further forward.
“Chelsea are a huge club but you have to be realistic. They can’t spend money this summer and have just sold their best player. Wolves are in a very healthy place, aren’t short of money and will be playing European football next season.”
Nuno is scheduled to take charge of Wolves for a third season following immense achievements in his first two campaigns.
The 45-year-old steered the Midlands giants to the Championship title in his first season and followed up by establishing them in the Premier League with an against-the-odds seventh place finish.