Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Conor Coady has made his feelings on the future of striker Raul Jimenez pretty clear.

The Express and Star write that Coady was full of praise for his team-mate, saying he is a ‘fantastic character and footballer’ and urged him to stay at Molineux.

Jimenez has adapted to life in England and the Premier League extremely well since his season-long loan move from Benfica last summer.

The 27-year-old is the club’s top scorer this term with 10 top-flight goals to his name and has also provided five assists for his team-mates.

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The Mexican scored Wolves’ goal in Saturday’s draw with AFC Bournemouth, a match which was dominated by three penalties.

The Cherries opened the scoring through Josh King after the Norweigan was adjudged to have been fouled in the area by Joao Moutinho before Jimenez drew Nuno Espirito Santo’s men level from 12 yards.

King then went on to miss from 12 yards with the clock ticking down, clipping the outside of Rui Patricio’s post.

Speaking after the match, Coady said:

He’s been huge for us. He’s a brilliant footballer and at the same time he’s a fantastic person, he’s fitted into the changing room seamlessly. He’s come and you’d think he’d been here for years, you really would. He’s a fantastic character to have around and you see how confident he is on the pitch at the minute, it’s an absolute pleasure to play with him. Long may it continue for Wolves. We want to keep him here for many, many years. The decision’s up to him and the two clubs but he’s a fantastic footballer and a pleasure to have at this club. You’ve got to be (on at him to stay)! It’s his decision at the end of the day. The two clubs will come to a decision, we want him here.

Wolves have the option to purchase the striker for around £30m this summer.

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