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Manchester City star Rodri praises Wolves striker Raul Jimenez

Manchester City midfielder Rodri has praised Wolves star Raul Jimenez, describing the Mexican as ‘a great striker’.

The Spaniard has conducted an interview with Marca Claro, ahead of City’s pre-season clash with Club America today in Houston.

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Club America are Jimenez’s former team.

The 31-year-old began his playing career there, making his debut for the first-team back in 2011.

He spent a few years there as a first-teamer before heading to Europe with Atletico Madrid.

Offering his thoughts about Jimenez, £63 million star Rodri said: “I think he’s a great player, a great striker. He had that injury so bulky that it took him away I don’t know if a year from the fields, but he is a player who also went through Atletico Madrid.

“Great player for me, great striker. Pioneer right now of Mexican football, a benchmark in Europe.”

Jimenez will be hoping to get his career back on track in 2022/23.

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The star returned to action at the start of 2021/22 after recovering from his skull fracture, but often found the going tough.

He regularly cut a frustrated figure for Wanderers, and finished the campaign with six goals to his name.

Fans are really hoping he can rediscover his mojo.

It will be interesting to see if Bruno Lage tries to hand him a strike partner in the new season.

The manager had real success playing 4-4-2 with Benfica, and wish to give Jimenez more support.

Wolves would need to bring somebody in though, with Fabio Silva having just left to join Anderlecht on loan.

Nice comments from Rodri on Raul Jimenez, as Wolves striker seeks to improve

It is good to see a quality player like Rodri praising Jimenez.

He may have had his struggles last season, but he is clearly still held in high regard.

Prior to that horrific clash of heads with David Luiz, Jimenez was undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s best centre-forwards.

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Not only did he score fairly regularly, but he also linked up really well with the players around him.

Hopefully, with the player having got a full season under his belt after the injury, we will soon see the Jimenez of old make a return.