Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez has underlined his commitment to the club, saying he’s happy at Molineux despite rumours linking Manchester United and Arsenal with his signature.
The 28-year-old was in dazzling form for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side before the 2019-20 football season was halted due to the coronavirus. Jimenez scored 22 goals and recorded 10 assists in 44 outings for Wolves this term prior to the pause.
His career-best campaign led to speculation that Premier League peers United or Arsenal could move for his signature, but Jimenez said in a Facebook Q&A (via Sam Meade of the Mirror) on Thursday that he’s content in his current setting:
"I have a contract until 2023. It's not that we have to qualify for the Champions League in order to stay. I'm good, happy with Wolves, doing important things - me as well as the whole team.
"We've been trying our best since the start of last season. We've qualified for the Europa League, now we're fighting for a Champions League spot.
"And it's the big motivation to keep growing as a player and getting into the Champions League is always a plus that satisfies you and keeps you thinking about big things.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United looked light in attack after Marcus Rashford suffered a back injury in January. They may require a striker this summer should Odion Ighalo not complete a permanent move from Shanghai Shenhua following his loan.
Arsenal, meanwhile, look more settled in the striker department considering youngster Eddie Nketiah could now be ahead of Alexandre Lacazette in Mikel Arteta’s plans. However, the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks uncertain with just over a year left on his deal.
Jimenez moved to Wolverhampton in June 2018 initially on loan from Benfica. He broke the club record for Premier League goals in a single season (13) before Wolves signed him permanently in April 2019 for £30 million (another club record).
The Mexico star has a contract until 2023, and he seems very enamoured with Wolves after revealing the gender of his baby at Molineux in March, via commentator Pedro Antonio Flores:
The club has made major strides in the past two seasons and were sixth in the Premier League when the season was suspended, just two points below United and three in front of Arsenal.
One could understand why Jimenez may be tempted to persevere with Wolves after becoming a hero for the club, though their European fate could be a huge factor in his future.