Noel Whelan is shocked that Wolves have allowed Nuno Espirito Santo to enter the last 12 months of his contract and tipped a player exodus were he to leave.

The former Leeds United and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 46-year-old has an “great rapport” with the squad and is vital to them remaining at Molineux.

The Wanderers boss’s current deal expires next summer but the Mirror claim that the he is close to agreeing a two-year contract extension.

Nuno has averaged a very impressive 1.82 points-per-game since taking at Wolves and led the club to their highest ever Premier League finish last season.

Whelan was adamant that a host of clubs will want him to be their next manager.

“I am very surprised he is into his last year because he is a fantastic manager who has a great rapport with the players and the fans,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has done incredibly well at Wolves and progressed them in every single season that he has been there.

“The manager should be the first person you tie down quite frankly and players stay for a manager and if his contract is up in the air then that surprises me.

“A lot of clubs will want him and if he were to leave there is no guarantees the players would stay as he has a great relationship with those players and it shows.”

In other Wolves news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider that a host of clubs will be chasing West Ham attacker this summer.

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