It’s fair to say that former Benfica striker Raul Jimenez has proven to be a revelation following his arrival at Molineux back in the summer of the 2018/19 campaign.
The 28-year-old Mexican international enjoyed a good loan spell with us, scoring 17 times in 40 starts and four substitute showings in his maiden year at the club, and our first year back in the Premier League. Having made the deal permanent for a reported £33million the following summer, he’s already helped himself to 15 goals in 27 games across all competitions and he’s long been a fan favourite as even when the goals and assists don’t match his efforts, few can ever doubt his work rate for the rest of the squad.
With the January transfer window nearing and Wolves’ priority being strengthening so our good start to the year can continue, the inevitable attempt by some in the media to sell our stars out from under us has begun and speaking recently to outlet Marca (via Sport Witness), although he didn’t rule out a switch, he certainly made no bones about being perfectly happy with us and focusing solely on helping us hopefully further up the table this year.
Questioned about a potential 100million Euro deal in the future and whether such a price tag would worry him, he explained.
“For a Mexican player, or for a Mexican, it would be almost impossible, perhaps because of the kind of mentality in Mexico. It will be said that ‘he is not so good’, whether ‘he is worth it’. But if someone pays that amount of money for someone it is because he is worth it. Sometimes the amounts are stratospheric but I think football has changed a lot, and it can be achieved. For me it would be an extra motivation to know that I have to give more of myself, back-up what they are paying for you and continue giving things to talk about. It doesn’t scare me. Football is something I’ve always dreamed of, it has always been my life. Therefore, if it happens, it would be an important motivation to carry out such a transfer.”
Pressed more on his future, he was sensible enough to know nobody knows what tomorrow will bring in the game, but for any outlet who tries to spin this as he’s already looking for a move – I think quite clearly, he’s not.
“The important thing is to move forward. I am very good at Wolves, but you always have to look for more, you have to keep fighting. Now we are in fifth place in the table. The other day, I was talking with my dad and he said: ‘If some of the top 6 teams wanted to sign you, where would you go?’ I said; ‘But now I’m in the fifth!’ I am on top of several teams that are considered ‘top 6’. I’m great here. Then, it would be to see the conditions, if it suits me, if it suits Wolves and the other team.”
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