Adama Traore says playing with Messi, Xavi shaped his football career

Adama Traore says playing with Messi, Xavi shaped his football career

- Adama Traore has been impressive for Wolves in all competitions this campaign

- The 23-year-old has scored four goals and four assists in the Premier League

- Traore says playing alongside Messi and Xavi helped shape his career

Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore has recounted how playing with Barcelona at Lionel Messi shaped his playing career.

The 23-year-old has been impressive for Wolves - scoring five goals and four assists across competitions so far this campaign.

Traore explained that players like Messi, Xavi and a few others were always hungry for success even if it was table tennis they were playing.

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The Spanish born player has also attracted praises from Manchester City boss pep Guardiola, as well as Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho.

"Players like Messi and Xavi are always hungry,' Traore recalls. Whatever the game or the competition – even if it is table-tennis – they want to win.

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"We used to play two-touch football games after training and they would always be desperate to win. It taught you about life as well as football.

"You look at Messi, everything he has won, he is spoken about every day in the media, but he is still hungry.

"Most of the time, some players don't have that quality. They win something and then they relax. Not everyone has the hunger, and maybe that is why these players are at the top.

"Do we have those qualities at Wolves? Yes, for sure. Look at Joao Moutinho: he's won a lot of things and played for big clubs, but he always wants to compete, always wants to win, even when we play head tennis. This is the mentality of the team and this is my mentality too.

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"Can Wolves reach the Champions League? Why not? We will see how the season goes but anything is possible. First we have to focus on Newcastle.'

Traore has not been able to feature for the Spanish national team due to injury having being invited to camp for the first time in November. earlier reported that Adama Traore's contribution towards Wolverhampton Wanderers' success in the Premier League cannot be downplayed.

The forward helped Wolves comeback from two goals down to beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium earlier this month.

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