Wolves legend Steve Bull says Raul Jimenez has no need to leave Molineux and can fulfil his ambitions with the black country club.
The 22-goal striker has been superb for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in the Premier League and with Premier League goals against Man City, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool the Mexican has come on to the radar of a number of Europe’a top clubs.
That form has seen him emerge as a target for Manchester United, who are short of options in attack and had to bring in former Watford striker Odion Ighalo on loan in January.
Ighalo scored his first goal for the Red Devils in their Europa League win over Club Brugge, but there are still doubts over whether or not United will make his move from Shanghai Shenhua permanent in the summer or pursue other targets.
Jimenez is one of the names to be linked if United do look elsewhere, and last month the Mexico international refused to close the door to the potential move when asked about the rumours.
“One is always open to everything, but I have a contract until 2023,” he told ESPN Mexico.
However, last week when asked about his future in an online Q and A, he pointed out his contract at Molineux runs until 2023 and said: “I have a contract until 2023. It’s not [the case] that we have to qualify for the Champions League in order to stay.
“I’m good [here], happy with Wolves, doing important things – me as well as the whole team.”
And Bull, who is the club’s record goalscorer with 306 goals, believes the 28-year-old has no need to move away from Wolves.
“After all, I cannot see any reason why he would want to leave,” Bull wrote in the Shropshire Star.
“Jimenez has scored 22 goals in 44 games in all competitions this season and that is unbelievable – scary.
“What has really struck me, too, is when he has not been at his best but still managed to find the net.
“At Tottenham, for example, he had a very quiet game but then came up with a piece of brilliance to win it towards the end – something we will all remember for many years to come.
“Jimenez can score goals for fun as he has the talent, the work-rate and – most importantly – the supply. It is not as if he has running his socks off, doing a lot of work for the team, and getting nothing in return.
“He gets chances in every single game he plays, so no wonder he is happy being here.
“Real Madrid, of course, have been linked with Jimenez in the Spanish press. And even though he has come out and outlined his commitment to Wolves, such speculation is likely to continue over the next few months.
“It shows how far we have come when our players are being associated with such teams.
“The ultimate question, though, is whether Jimenez can fulfil his ambitions – winning silverware – at Wolves?
“For me at least, the answer to that is an emphatic yes.”