With the footballing world coming to a standstill during the coronavirus epidemic, Pedro Neto is doing all he can to stay fit during his time in lockdown to make sure he is ready to go when the season restarts.
The young Portuguese forward is currently training twice a day at his home and keeping in constant contact with his teammates and the Wolves staff during the current break from footballing activity, and he also spoke candidly about which other squad member he would not want to be stuck in isolation with.
On not having football to focus on
“It’s been a little bit strange and very difficult because we are at home and we are not doing what we like. Being without football is like being without a part of our lives.
“Now I’m trying to be strong and of course we want the virus to pass, and it will pass, but we have to wait now.”
On keeping in contact with his teammates
“We are trying to maintain our group and our contact with each other through WhatsApp. They are always speaking to us about staying safe, don’t leave our houses, and try to avoid the supermarkets as well.
“They are giving us supplies like food and the things we need so we don’t get caught out. But like I said, it’s been difficult, but the club are supporting us a lot.”
On maintaining his fitness
“I try to keep myself busy. I train in the morning for maybe two hours and then I join with my family for our lunch and then I do another session of training in the afternoon.
“I have to keep myself fit and maintain my training because that is what I like to do and it’s work.”
On which teammate he would want to be stuck in isolation with
“Maybe Vinagre, because he’s the guy who I’ve known for a long time but it’s difficult to choose one because they are all good people, but maybe Vinagre because of all the time I have spent with him before.”
On who he wouldn’t want to be stuck in isolation with
“I will say Joao Moutinho because we speak a lot and when we do speak, we always end up fighting against each other!
“He’s a very good friend but we are always speaking and arguing, so after two weeks stuck together it would be very difficult!”
On competitiveness in the Wolves squad
“We play a lot of football tennis against each other. We usually play doubles and it gets very competitive.
“It’s because nobody likes to lose and when we play football tennis, it’s like we are playing in the Premier League because it’s not always the same doubles partners.
“Joao is always joking because normally he would win everything because he is very strong and has been playing it for two years, but it’s my first year playing this and maybe next year I can beat him.”