Raul Jimenez has suggested he’d be open to signing a new deal at Wolves, but also did not rule out an exit from the club.
2022/23 has been frustrating so far for the Mexico international.
He missed the first couple of games due to knee and adductor problems, and the latter issue is still giving him trouble.
He has been missing for the last two games against Southampton and Manchester City.
Jimenez has joined up with the national side, but won’t play in the games against Peru and Colombia. He is simply going to continue building his fitness ahead of returning to Wolves.
It has been reported that the Chelsea game is the more likely return date for the 31-year-old, rather than the next match against West ham United.
Fans will hope Jimenez can find some form once he does return.
That is something he’s sadly really struggled to do since returning from his fractured skull.
As a result of Jimenez’s struggles, fans have been debating whether he will be good enough for Wolves long-term.
The player himself would be open to penning a new contract, but he would also consider other options.
He told TUDN: “Yes, why not? I have this year and another year left on my contract, you never know what could happen and you don’t have to close the doors to anyone either. We’ll have to see what’s best and from there make decisions, but I feel happy, with a lot of desire to continue here.”
Jimenez also talked up the possibility of returning to Club America, whom he left in 2014.
“I would like to, it’s always a possibility. I have said it since I left: ‘If one day I have to return, I am delighted’. It is one of the possibilities, if it turns out to be good, go ahead, do it in the best way.
“Let things flow. If I continue playing here, hopefully for many years, and then I want to get there at 37-years-old, they might say it is no longer the same, but you never know what is going to happen. It is something that I would really like, but we will see.”
Wolves may well offload Raul Jimenez next summer
Jimenez clearly still feels the love at Wolves.
The £30 million star remains a very popular figure, and a couple of years ago he was at the peak of his powers.
The injury has undoubtedly had a significant effect on him, which is a massive shame.
Fans are still waiting to see if he can get back to the levels he was showing before November 2020, but he sadly hasn’t really come close.
It will be very interesting to see what Wolves do next summer.
The player’s current contract expires in the summer of 2024, so next summer could be the club’s last chance to get a decent fee for him.
But Jimenez could yet enjoy a decent 2022/23 and Wolves may ultimately want to keep him around. But he certainly has work to do