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Jimenez open to extending Wolves contract, but Wolves should wait

Raul Jimenez has indicated he would be open to signing a new contract at Wolves.

The striker was speaking about his future whilst with the Mexico national team.

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The currently injured star won’t play over the international break, but he will step up his recovery.

Currently, Jimenez is contracted with Wolves until the summer of 2024. He last signed a new deal back in October 2020. That was just one month before he suffered that awful skull fracture.

Since that injury, Jimenez has sadly struggled to rediscover his mojo.

Last term, he scored six goals across all competitions, but it was accepted that his first season back would be difficult.

This season, Jimenez has only made four appearances, scoring one goal against Preston North End in the Carabao Cup.

He came into 2022/23 with a knee and adductor injury. And the player is still struggling with the latter.

There haven’t been any reports about Wolves officials considering handing Jimenez a new contract. But if they are behind the scenes, then they should wait to see how the 31-year-old gets on this season.

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It’s been stop-start for him so far, and his performance against Bournemouth was especially poor.

A number of fans are growing concerned that he might never be able to get back to being the player he was.

It’s possible he won’t, and that is why Wolves must not rush into handing him a new deal.

As brilliant a player as he once was, and as consummate a professional as he is, his struggles are clear to see right now.

Wolves mustn’t be tempted to hand Raul Jimenez a new contract just yet

Wolves should wait to see how Jimenez gets on before making any decision about extending his contract.

The signs have not been good so far this season, and he has a lot of work to do to prove he can have an impact for Wolves long-term.

He clearly loves the club a lot, but if he doesn’t have a good season then it would be within the club’s best interests to sell next summer.

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There were reports of him potentially leaving during the last window.

But the club ended up retaining him and now we will see how he fares.

Given Fabio Silva’s promising start at Anderlecht, the club may well end up offloading the former Benfica man next summer.