What the future holds for Raul Jimenez at Wolves
Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez is reportedly attracting interest from several teams but the Mexican is happy at the Midlands club, according to his father.
Jimenez has enjoyed a stellar 2018/19 season under manager Nuno Espirito Santo whose side managed to finish seventh in the Premier League, automatic qualification to the Europa League and reaching the FA Cup semifinal after beating Watford.
Five things you need to know about Jimenez according to Squawka:
- Raul Jimenez joined Wolves on a season-long loan from Benfica at the start of their first season in the Premier League since 2012.
- The forward scored 17 goals in 44 games across all competitions, averaging a goal every 2.58 games.
- His impressive form convinced Wolves to exercise the option to sign the striker at the end of the season.
- Jimenez will officially be a permanent member of the Wolves set-up from July, making him their most expensive player ever at €38 million.
- Despite this, it is reported that several clubs are still interested in signing the centre-forward once that deal is complete.
The Mexican's father Raul Jimenez Vega spoke to reporters about his son's current future upon the conclusion of yet another Premier League season and further discovered the alleged options available for Jimenez Jr.
Jimenez Vega confirmed that there were various teams interested in his son's services but was quick to assure the fans that the striker has no intention of leaving the club.
He said: “There are several teams, even from other countries that are interested, but Raúl is fine.
“He is comfortable, it is due to Wolverhampton and we will be there, he bet on this proposal and fortunately it was the best.”
A successful season for Wolves’ No. 9
Upon his inevitable move to England, Jimenez has managed to prove his worth at Wolves and also made use of bringing in yet another player with a Portuguese link.
Before he made his way to the Midlands outfit, Jimenez was playing for Benfica where his main role was to score goals for the side that had been newly promoted side but it appears that he did more than that this season.
Jimenez took his goalscoring tally to 13 which inspired Wolves to secure their best league finish since 1980 and will be in contention to compete in the Europa League. No Wolves player has managed to find the back of the net in the Premier League in a single season, with Jimenez going above the previous record of 12 which was initially set by Steven Fletcher in 2011/12.
With an average of 2.90 shots per game, the Mexican international has cemented his place in the box with 11 of 13 goals scored from the inside of the six-yard area.
Jimenez was on fine form this season for Wolves having contributed to six goals in his last 12 Premier League games (four goals, two assists) and scoring in the FA Cup semifinal defeat to Watford.
He managed to make 22 appearances in the Champions League for Atletico Madrid and Benfica - where he found the back of the net four time - this should inspire Wolves come Europa League in 2019/20.
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