Raul Jimenez vows to ignore Manchester United's interest and stay with Wolves, even if high flyers don't qualify for the Champions League next season
- Raul Jimenez is happy to be without champions to stay with Wolves League football
- The 28-year-old has sparked the interest of Manchester United this season
- The Mexican striker says he wants stay and fight for Champions League
- Jimenez will run until 2023 when clubs watch Wolves' star players
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Raul Jimenez insists he likes to [19459025Wolves even if they don't qualify for the Champions League next season.
Due to the crisis coronavirus professional football in England is suspended until at least April 30, with Wolves sixth in the table, five points adrift from a place in the top four.
Jimenez had scored 16 goals in all competitions before closing two weeks ago, and his form means he's on the radar of some elite clubs, most notably Manchester United . Still, the Mexican, who is still under contract for three seasons, is not in a hurry to leave Molineux.
He said: & # 39; I have a c withdrawn until 2023. It is not [the case] that we should qualify for the Champions League at
& # 39; I am well [here] happy with Wolves doing important things – both myself and the whole team.
& # 39; We have been doing our best since the beginning of last season. We have qualified for the, now we are fighting for a place in the Champions League.
JIMENEZ THIS SEASON
& # 39; And It's the great motivation to keep growing as a player and entering the Champions League is always a plus that keeps you satisfied and makes you think about big things. & # 39;
The performance of Wolves over the past two seasons keeps the top of Europe watching their top players, as does coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
Winger Adama Traore has sparked interest from former club Barcelona, while attacker Diogo is believed to have Jota admirers in Arsenal.
& # 39; We don't need to qualify for the Champions League to stay & # 39 ;: Raul Jimenez promises his future to Wolves amid ties to Manchester United and Real Madrid
- Raul Jimenez insists that he is happy with Wolves and currently has no plans to leave
- Forward signed a four-year deal when their record signing last summer
- He scored 22 goals this season in 44 games in all competitions
- His performances drew Manchester United and Real Madrid
The 28-year-old scored 17 goals while on loan from Wolves last term and has continued to be good for him ever since, with 22 goals in 44 games in all competitions this season.
Jimenez signed a four-year deal when he left the club the record £ 30m signed and says last summer he only focuses on his future at Molineux.
The Mexican star questioned his future during a Facebook Live session and said: & # 39; I have a contract until 2023.
& # 39; It's not that we have to qualify for the Champions League to stay. I am happy [here] with Wolves and do important things – both me and the whole team.
& # 39; We've done our best since the beginning of last season. We have qualified for the Europa League, now we are fighting for the place in the Champions League.
& # 39; And it's the great motivation to become a player Keep growing and entering the Champions League is always a plus that keeps you satisfied and makes you think about big things. & # 39;
Wolves were halfway through their Europa League game of the last 16 against Olympiacos when the football season was paused due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Jimenez's team had moved 1-1 to the Greek side but still have to play the way back at Molineaux.
Tammy Abraham's procession of goals continues as he became the youngest Chelsea player to hat-trick in the Premier League scored.
Abraham fired in three of the 21 minutes on either side of the halftime at Molineux within 21 minutes, bringing his catch to seven in three games and praise and receiving a warning from manager Frank Lampard.
His first was a lethal finish on the spin in a congested penalty area, his second a powerful header and his third illustrating what a complete striker he could become.
] Tammy Abraham scores Chelsea's second in a period of advantage, his teammates ask for a Penalty
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
WOLVES 3-5-2: Patricio 4; Vallejo 5, Coady 4.5, Saiss 5; Traore 4 (Doherty 56, 6), Dendoncker 4.5 (Cutrone 46, 6), Neves 5, Moutinho 5, Jonny 5; Jota 5, Jimenez 5 (Gibbs-White, 6).
GOALS: Abraham OG 69, Cutrone 85,
SUBS: Ruddy, Neto, Gibbs-White, Vinegar, Kilman.
MANAGER: Nuno Espirto Santo 5
CHELSEA 3-4-3: Kepa 6; Rudiger 6 (Zouma 46, 6), Christensen 6.5, Tomori 7; Azpilicueta 6.5, Kovacic 7 (Barkley 70, 6), Jorginho 6.5, Alonso 6; William 7, Abraham 9 (Batshuayi), Mount 7.
OBJECTIVES: Tomori 31, Abraham 34, 41, 55, Mount 90 + 6
BOOKINGS : Abraham, Christiansen
SUBS: Caballero, Pedro, Giroud, Pulisic
MANAGER: Frank Lampard 7 ]
There was a fantastic display of his pace and strength to keep Conor Coady at bay, a shuffle of his feet to defeat the Captain of the Wolves and a garden and a clinical attack over goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who was unhappy to find.
It was a perfect response to Abraham & # 39; s omission of the last English squad and will certainly convince Gareth Southgate to call him up before Nigeria's supposed interest continues.
"The way he goes will clearly put him in that corner without telling Gareth what to do," Lampard said.
& # 39; I have faith in him and I am willing to give him opportunities, but even more I will be harder now because he has shown what he can do.
& # 39; The moment he wants to get rid of that and thinks targets will fall at his feet will be the moment he will rest.
& # 39; It is important to make sure he stays on his game. He has to keep it up. He has to get even better. He must be hungry, which I know he is. He can never rest on his laurels. There is more work to be done and the next team in England is a few weeks away. & # 39;
As if to prove that everything he touches targets, Abraham was also assigned the first Wolves target.
The ball was pushed onto his right hand and then spun into the net after Kepa Arrizabalaga saved a header from Romain Saiss.
Patrick Cutrone hit the ball 4-2 and forced a rebound after Kepa saved from Matt Doherty, but Wolves wouldn't fight back late.
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Mason Mount broke and converted a fifth into injury time for the visitors.
With the young middle half Fikayo Tomori, the opener of the game scored – his first for the club with a strike-out. from distance that confused Patricio – it means Chelsea's first 11 goals from the Premier League campaign have all been scored by college graduates.
& # 39; I hope they feed each other, & # 39; Lampard said. & # 39; That's good, competition between friends. I would have been like that.
& # 39; They should strive and feel the opportunity is there if they deserve it and they should see their teammates doing really well and get in there. & # 39;
Chelsea had no outs, and in the end they remain vulnerable in the back and Antonio Rudiger was forced into his comeback with a minor groin injury during his comeback due to a serious knee injury that caused concern.
Lampard said he was sure it was not serious, although Rudiger is questionable for the Champions League game against Valencia, which will be followed by a visit from league leaders Liverpool.
Apart from this, the Chelsea manager was very happy with the performance and an important victory.
Every Wolves staff member received face masks because owner Jeff Shi insisted on taking extra precautions for the corona virus when leaving the house
- Wolves owner Jeff Shi has spoken out about caution with related to coronavirus ]
- All club staff have received masks to help prevent the spread of the disease
- He recently warned that football & # 39; should not underestimate the threat of this virus & # 39; & # 39;
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Wolves will decide later whether the first team squad will resume normal training, after an emergency meeting of Premier League clubs held believed professional football to be at 30 at the earliest April would resume.
Yet Wolves chairman Jeff Shi, who is also a senior figure within the club's owners, Chinese conglomerate Fosun International is a leading voice in English football in the fight against the corona virus and has taken additional measures to protect all workers.
Staff have been instructed on how to use the masks if they have to leave their home for the next few days and weeks.
Shi has been in regular contact with friends, family and colleagues in China since the Wuhan pandemic began.
He has warned in a recent public message that football should not underestimate the threat posed by this virus.
The last time Pedro Neto and Co played behind Olympiacos doors
Wolves played one of the last games before football was postponed in most of Europe, a 1-1 draw at Olympiacos in the Europa League in Athens on March 12, in the first leg of their last 16 draw.
It is unclear when – or if – the second leg of that game will be played.
Meanwhile, Fosun's pharmaceutical division, Fosun Pharma, has entered into a £ 114.7 million partnership with German group BioNTech in an effort to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Financial Times.
West Ham keeps an eye on Wolves star Dion Sanderson and will increase interest as the season recaps
- Several clubs are now following the progress of Dion Sanderson's defense
- The star of the wolves is sought by West Ham, who is considering a move
- The 20-year-old is loaned in Cardiff City and makes an impression
- Scouts from Aston Villa, Brighton and Norwich also checked progress
West Ham is from plan to check Wolves' young defender, Dion Sanderson, once the season sums up.
The 20-year-old is on loan in Cardiff City and has impressed manager Neil Harris prior to the conclusion of the championship.
Sanderson is a center-back but plays as a right back. He made his debut for Wolves in the Carabao Cup against Villa in October.
At Cardiff, Sanderson made his league debut against Nottingham Forest and, although his game lost 1-0, he cleared himself well against the threat from Sammy Ameobi and Joe Lolley.
He followed again with a strong performance when Cardiff signed 2-2 with Brentford.
Manager Neil Harris hopes to reap the benefits of Sanderson's loan until the end of the season, or when football resumes, and is exuberant in his praise: & # 39; Dion has shown that he is more than capable of playing at this level.
& # 39; He has shown that he is composed on the ball and ready to move forward, he is athletic and also defensive. He should be a proud young man. & # 39;
West Ham plans to overhaul their squad over the summer, although hiring will be determined by whether they maintain their Premier League status.
Wolves resume training on Monday despite the Premier League being suspended until at least April 3 due to a coronavarius pandemic
- Coach Nuno Espirito Santo and his team will operate normally
- All & # 39; non-essential & # 39; staff asked to stay away from training base Compton
- Some other Premier League clubs have given their players a break during training
Wolves players will resume full training from Monday, although they don't know when they will play again.
Coach Nuno Espirito Santo and his team will continue to work normally at their Compton training base until further notice, although all of them are & # 39; not essential & # 39; staff will stay away. Other clubs have given their players a break from training, but Nuno has chosen to continue.
Wolves were one of the last clubs to play a competitive game before most of the European game ended amid the coronavarius crisis – a 1-1 draw at Olympiacos last Thursday in Europe League whose staging was heavily criticized by Nuno.
The entire squad was expected to report, with wide player Jonny and midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White now recovering from ankle injuries.
Wolves chairman Jeff Shi, who is also chairman of the club Chinese owners Fosun, supports the move for the first team to maintain their condition at this stage, although he made a statement over the weekend emphasizing the importance from & # 39; social distance & # 39; At this time.
He wrote: & # 39; I have been in close contact with friends, family and colleagues in China since the onset of the corona virus pandemic in Wuhan, making me acutely aware of the threat and impact of the virus, and a deep desire to take all possible measures to protect our players, employees, supporters and the community.
& # 39; At Wolves we have a responsibility to protect not only our players, but also all club employees, which is why we took the next step to ask all our employees to work from home in the coming days and weeks.
& # 39; From my knowledge of and understanding of the virus, social distance is critical to fighting it, so this is a necessary course of action and a sacrifice we must all make. & # 39;
Wolves send Patrick Cutrone, on loan from Fiorentina, test positive for coronavirus
- Wolves loanee Patrick Cutrone tested positive for coronavirus in Italy
- The 22-year-old attacker is currently on loan to Serie A side Fiorentina
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Cutron & # 39; s Fiorentina teammate German Pazzella has also tested positive
The Italian striker joined the Serie A club on an 18-month loan in January that will become permanent in the summer of 2021.
Italy is one of the hardest hit countries for the COVID-19 virus and was one of the first to end domestic football.
On Saturday, Fiorentina confirmed the positive tests of Cutrone, German Pezzella and club physio Stefano Danielli.
A statement said: 'ACF Fiorentina announces that footballers Patrick Cutrone and German Pezzella and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli have also undergone tests because they showed some symptoms. All three were positive and in good health at their home in Florence. & # 39;
On Friday, Fiorentina confirmed that Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic had also tested positive for the virus.
Wolves star Diogo Jota added to Arsenal wish list for a busy summer as Mikel Arteta plans a renovation with the Gunners
- Wolves star Diogo Jota has been identified as a summer goal by Arsenal
- The Portuguese attacker has scored 15 goals in all competitions for Wolves
- Arsenal is trying to bring in wide attackers, as Arteta is planning a summer reconstruction.
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Jota was a star of Wolves' impressive season, registering 15 goals in all competitions, both active on the left of a front three or as an offensive duo with Raul Jimenez.
The Gunners are known to watch broad attackers and Jota, 23, is believed to be prominent on their list. His pace, ability to carry the ball and deploy defenders, as well as his vision, have made him one of Boss Nuno Espirito Santo's key players.
Jota scored a hat-trick in consecutive Europa League games against Besiktas and Espanyol, affecting Wolves' 1-1 draw at Olympiacos on Thursday – although it is unclear due to the corona virus crisis when the return game of that last 16 score will take place.
Atletico Madrid, the former club of Jota, would owe part of the transfer fee, so Wolves would be determined to charge as high a price as possible. Both Jota and midfielder Ruben Neves are likely to be targeted when the season ends, along with striker Jimenez and winger Adama Traore.
Traore is of interest to both Barcelona and Real Madrid, but may require shoulder surgery after dislocating it three times since the turn of the year.
& # 39; It was strange, the energy level – it was missing someone to push: & # 39; Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits his party struggled with Olympiacos draw … but declines unwillingness to play Europa League draw
- Wolves competed for a 1- 1 draw in Olympiacos in the Europa League last-16
- But the home team played most of the game with 10 men who first followed half red card
- Olympiacos then took a shock lead before Pedro Neto tied the score for Wolves
- Wolves had requested to cancel the game during the week
- Calls came after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis caught the coronavirus
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo refused to blame Wolves' unwillingness to play Olympiacos because of their stuttering performance.
Pedro Neto's deflected battle earned a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 draw in Athens
Ruben Semedo was in the first half sent out for hosts, but Youssef El Arabi put them ahead after the break.
Wolves had asked UEFA to postpone the game – an appeal that was rejected – after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis announced that he tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.
The game was already played behind closed doors at the Karaiskakis Stadium due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Wolves were confused as to why they were forced to play by UEFA and they struggled to defeat a team that played more than 60 minutes with 10 men, but Nuno insisted it wasn't because of problems outside the field.
He said, "No, let's be honest eryone. That was not the case during the game. They were focused and organized. Olympiacos are a very good team.
& # 39; The game stays with me because I have to work on it and analyze it. It is very difficult, at the beginning of the game it was strange, the energy level – it was missing someone to push. It was not a very good game. & # 39;
Semedo was fired during a scrappy first half after hitting Diogo Jota when the striker threatened to break out.
But El Arabi opened the score nine minutes after the break tapping into Guilherme's crotch.
Neto led 13 minutes later when Joao Moutinho hit a free kick and his low effort falsified Andreas Bouchalakis, Jose Sa.
& # 39; I tried to help the team do my best and with 10 guys it was hard, they came in the back and now we are going to the second game & # 39 ;, told Neto to BT Sport.
& # 39; I think we could have shot more times, but now we focus on the following. & # 39;
Wolves will travel to West Ham on the top flight on Sunday, although the Premier League will hold an emergency club meeting on fixtures on Friday after Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus.
& # 39; Now we're going to think about West Ham, but we'll keep working. Now we have West Ham and hopefully we'll be playing again next Thursday, ”Nuno added.
& # 39; There is still a long way to go, many games, but we are going back to the Premier League and we have to rest well, recover. The schedule is very tight. & # 39;
Olympiacos boss Pedro Martins did not hold a post-match press conference as the club kept interactions to a minimum.
Pedro Neto let out an instinctive roar of joy as his deflected free-kick hit the Olympiacos net that nearly empty Karaiskakis Stadium.
In more normal times, the goal would have given Wolves an excellent platform to try to reach the Europa League quarter-finals by beating Olympiacos in Molineux next week – but this is not a normal time.
We can't know when and if that second leg will be played, or whether the goals of the Wolves substitute or Youssef El Arabi, who led the 10-man Olympiacos, count for everything. Olympiacos defender Ruben Semedo was ejected in the first half. No one knows when that suspension will be imposed.