Wolves striker Fabio Silva has signed a new one-year contract with Molineux and joins Belgian club Anderlecht for a season.
Silva, 20, joined Wolves in September 2020 for a club-record fee. His former club Porto said the transfer was worth £37million.
But the Portugal youth international has struggled to become a first-team regular. In two seasons he made just 17 starts in the Premier League, scoring four goals.
Wolves technical director Scott Sellars told the club’s website: “We’ve had a lot of discussions between myself and (manager) Bruno (Lage) and also with Fabio about what we think is best for his development and us felt that a season of regular play would do him great good at this point in his career.
“He’s only just turned 20 today so he’s a very young boy and he needs a season where he plays regular senior football in a competitive league so he can return to Wolves stronger.
“We saw with Morgan’s (Gibbs-White) performances last year how much of a positive impact a loan can have on a young player, so we believe following the same path is the right step in his development.”
Silva’s new contract ties him to Wolves until the summer of 2026, with the club having an option for a further year.
Sellars said: “It was really important for us to sign Fabio on a renewed contract before he went on loan.
“Since we’re letting him out of the club for a year we thought it would be best for everyone involved to ensure his future at Wolves a little longer.
“Fabio understands what we’re trying to do and this new contract and loan show that we’re working together to help him develop into the best player he can be.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/wolves-anderlecht-premier-league-portugal-porto-b2126410.html Fabio Silva: The Wolves striker is moving to Anderlecht on loan