AS Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile, who was been linked with Wolves, has spoken about his future, and claimed he’s previously had contact with English clubs.
The centre-back has been tipped to leave the French outfit in the next transfer window, having had a strong season.
Badiashile has helped his club up to second in the table, with one game left to play. One more point against Lens will secure their place in next season’s Champions League.
He has been especially good since returning to the starting XI from a hamstring injury he picked up earlier this year.
Since returning against Marseille in February, Monaco have gone on to win 10 or their next 11 Ligue 1 matches.
Badiashile’s form and potential has not gone unnoticed.
A few teams could well be in for him this summer.
It remains to be seen though if one of those will be Wolves.
Wanderers were linked with Badiashile last summer, and there were claims back in January that the club retained an interest in him.
In the end, Wolves did not make a play for him mid-season.
Badiashile has spoken about his future, and it appears he isn’t itching for a move to the Premier League. But he did say he has had contact with some English clubs.
He said (quoted by The Sun): “We all know the competitiveness of the Premier League, it is a fantastic league that of course, is very interesting and we all love the games.
“I had the chance to play in the Champions League with Monaco and I think this club deserves this competition. It’s a club that’s used to playing in this competition and we want to get back on track.
“Right now, I’m really happy with Monaco. I had some contact in the past with some [English] clubs but I’m fully focused on the end of the season and Monaco and I feel good.”
Wolves may have to focus on other targets as Benoit Badiashile comments on his future
By the sounds of it, Badiashile is very much enjoying life as a Monaco player.
And that’s understandable. The team have been in fantastic form in recent months, and they look as though they will qualify for next season’s Champions League.
One wonders if Wolves were one of the English clubs Badiashile mentioned.
Without doubt, Wanderers could certainly do with someone like him this summer. Especially since he’s left-footed and it appears Romain Saiss is leaving.
Badiashile would probably be way out of Wolves’ price range though if The Sun’s information of a £40 million price tag is to be believed.