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Paul Heckingbottom says Gibbs-White was adamant he wanted to stay at Sheffield United beyond January

Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom has said Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White was adamant he wanted to stay at Bramall Lane beyond January.

The Blades manager was asked about the potential for the star to be recalled by his parent club last month.

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Gibbs-White has been enjoying a really productive spell with the Championship outfit.

So far he has made 23 appearances and scored eight goals and tabled five assists.

He helped himself to a brace at the weekend against Swansea City, the team he spent the first half of 2020/21 on loan at.

It is clear he is relishing his time at the club. And Heckingbottom is delighted to have kept hold of him.

There was a bit of talk at one point about Gibbs-White potentially going back to Wolves.

He actually did briefly, but only to receive treatment for an injury he picked up in December.

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There were reports leading up to January that a Gibbs-White recall was under consideration.

In the end though, Wolves opted not to take him out of an environment he is clearly doing really well in.

Speaking about the situation, Heckingbottom revealed Gibbs-White really wanted to stay put. He said (via The Athletic): “Why wouldn’t Wolves want to keep a player like Morgan?

“Regardless of him playing or not, I put myself in their manager’s position and I’d want Morgan around the group. But Morgan was adamant he wanted to be here. Adamant we were the place for him and adamant he wanted to be involved.

“He really played a part in coming back.”

Gibbs-White loan to Sheffield United has been a huge success

The decision to let Gibbs-White leave on transfer deadline day last summer was a controversial one.

It meant Wolves were a little light, but it was Gibbs-White who pushed for the move. Lage did actually want to keep him.

We don’t know if Wolves genuinely wanted to recall him last month. But it sounds as though Gibbs-White was really determined to stay put and play a full season in the Championship.

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It’s been going very well for him, and that’s really good for Wolves.

It will mean that he’ll either be ready to improve the squad back at Molineux for 2022/23, or potentially make Wolves a decent bit of money with a sale.

Hopefully, the star can keep up his fine form until the end of the season, when discussions will then take place about the next step.