Wolverhampton Wanderers have continued to use their Portuguese connections wisely this summer, with the signing of goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Despite initially moving to Wolves on a free transfer from Lisbon club Sporting – he terminated his contract there after being one of a number of players subject to a training ground attack by supporters at the end of last season – additional compensation may be due at a later date.
Until his move to the Premier League, Patricio had been a one-club man. He made his senior bow for Sporting way back in 2006, saving a penalty against Maritimo on debut, and established himself as the club’s number one the following season. He went on to make more than 450 first-team appearances, winning two Portuguese Cups and being named Sporting player of the year twice before signing off with a Portuguese League Cup win only last season. It will be to some regret that he never won a league title with the club, in a period when Porto and Benfica have dominated.
Having represented Portugal at every age group from Under-16s, the now 30-year-old made his international debut in late 2010 and has been undisputed first choice since the following year. He is now the owner of 74 international caps, with the highlight undoubtedly being part of the Portugal team crowned European champions in France two years ago; Patricio’s save from Antoine Griezmann in the final victory over France secured his spot in the official team of the tournament.