Jose Sa has attracted plaudits from far and wide in what has been his debut season in English football but is prepared to swap personal accolades for team success with Wolves come the business end of the season.
Only three stoppers in the Premier League have kept more clean sheets than the Portuguese this term, and once again against Aston Villa, Wolves’ number one made big saves to ensure the points would remain at Molineux last weekend. On that occasion the clean sheet was vanished by Ollie Watkins’ late penalty, but victories are always priority for Sa, who is revelling in life under Bruno Lage, in a division he’s long aimed to be a part of.
On his form between the sticks
“Of course, I’m happy. Of course, I want more. I have to want more. The most important is when I can help the team, that’s what I want, to help the team win the game. If I need to suffer two goals but win with three, I take two goals, because important is the three points, but if I can concede zero goals, I will do my best to do this.”
On Wolves’ season
“We are doing very well. We are fighting for the European competitions – that’s what we want, and we have to continue to fight – we will fight until the end.”
On Lage at Benfica
“I knew him from Benfica, when I was there, he was too. I never worked with him at Benfica, but I have some friends who did and when they talk about him, they talk like a father. He works very well, he likes to play, and after he was coach of Benfica, and he did a very good job there. He’s a very good coach who likes to play and is a very good guy.
“I’m very happy to work with him. He’s like a friend for everybody, so if we need to talk with him, we can. He will explain everything for us and when he feels we are not OK, he talks with us and this is good for the group.”
On his move to Wolves
“I talked with the people. The people said the city is a little quiet, but me and my wife like to be at home, stay there and relax, watch some movies. We chose a good house because we would be there the most part of the time. We are very happy to be here and live here.
“When I signed for Wolves officially, I received one SMS from him [Coady] and I’d never been with him. I was in Greece, and he said if I needed something, he was there, and welcome to Wolves, our family. To give confidence and if I want to talk to him, it would be OK because he would be there.”
On the Premier League’s appeal
“It’s the best football. It’s amazing when you go to the stadium, I talk with everyone about this. When you go to the game, you see a lot of families with two kids in the sweatshirts, with the father, mother, the family go to the stadium. The environment and the pitches are amazing, so for me, you have the most talented players in the world.”
On an eye on a Portugal debut
“I work for me and to be better than yesterday. After, the decision is not in my hands. Of course, I want it – it’s a dream for every football player to play with the national team. I’m working and if this comes, I will be happy, but if not, I will work the same way.”