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“We want the player with us. He is fit and motivated to do his best.”

Lage is hopeful of completing several new signings before the transfer window closes on September 1 after adding just one player to his squad since steering Wolves to a 10th-placed finish in his first season in charge.

Republic of Ireland defender Nathan Collins joined from Burnley for a reported £20.5million last month and Lage urged fans to be patient.

“Yes, I’m concerned about that, of course,” the Portuguese said. “Especially next season with five subs. It’s so important to have a strong squad and not just a strong team.

“It’s important for me as a manager to be in the middle of Fosun and (executive chairman) Jeff (Shi) and the love from the fans.

“Maybe this is the time to look back at what has happened at Wolves in the last seven years.

“When they (Fosun) came the club was in the Championship, the squad wasn’t so strong like now and the fans got everything so fast: promoted, two times (in) seventh position, buying players, selling players.

“Maybe it’s time to say I’m a patient manager and the fans should wait and be confident that the work we are doing and the pressure I’m putting on my chairman to create the squad we want.

“Let’s wait until the end of the transfer window to see what happens. Let’s give patience, support and love to the players because I’m confident the next month will be very, very good.”

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Lage will be without key players Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore at Elland Road on Saturday.

Mexico striker Jimenez sustained knee and groin injuries in last month’s friendly win against Besiktas and winger Traore is recovering from a hamstring strain. Both hope to return to training later this month.

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