Wolves, who won promotion from the second-tier Championship last season, are seventh in the Premier League and in the FA Cup quarter-finals, with series of shrewd signings, laying the foundations for their success.

The club signed a number of players represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes in 2017, including Jota and his compatriot Ruben Neves, as it mounted its successful promotion bid.

“Many people in Portugal criticised me… saying, ‘you’re going from a Champions League club to a lower division in another country, are you crazy?’’’ Jota told reporters ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United.

“I said no, I believe in the project and then, if everything goes well as I expect, next season you have the reason.’’

Jota, 22, joined Wolves on an initial loan deal from Spain’s Atletico Madrid before the move was made permanent in January 2018.

He finished Wolves’ Championship-winning campaign last season with 17 league goals and has scored six and assisted another four in 25 Premier League appearances this season.

“My father always supported me and the rest of my family.

“But my uncle tried to say ‘why are you doing this?’’’ he added.

“Fortunately, everything went well and everyone understands now.

“Me(sic) and Ruben have improved as players and now no one doubts our qualities.’’