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Raul Jimenez makes Wolves demand amid Man Utd and Juventus transfer links

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has demanded his team think big and go full-stream ahead in trying to win the Europa League amid talk Manchester United and Juventus are considering making a bid for the striker.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side finished seventh in the Premier League but missed out on qualification to next year’s Europa League because Arsenal won the FA Cup.

Jimenez is happy at Molineux but his future is constantly up in the air and he wants to continue competing in the biggest competitions.

Wolves return to action in the Europa League last-16 second-leg clash against Olympiakos on Thursday having drawn 1-1 in the away tie.

Victory will set up a quarter-final showdown with either Roma or Sevilla, held in Germany.

If Wolves can go on a shock run to win the tournament they will earn qualification to the Champions League.

That will likely convince Jimenez to remain with the club and fend off any firm bids from United or Juventus.

However, failure to qualify for a European competition may allow the 29-year-old’s head to be turned.

But Jimenez is not thinking of failure.

“We have to think big,” the attacker said.

“If we think like this – we want to be in the final and win it, we have to go with that mentality and effort – we can achieve it.

“If we go with our heads down, we aren’t going to achieve anything. We all know each other; we know we are a good team that works together. We have to think bigger.

“After the Premier League finished, we had some training sessions and we are all focused.

“What we want, it’s going to be difficult. We know our goals, we want to be there in Germany for the next two weeks, after this game, but we have to be thinking game by game.

“Now, here at home, we have to be focused on this game.”

Prior to the coronavirus break Wolves had a strong chance of finishing in the top four of the Premier League.

When play resumed they slipped down to seventh place but Jimenez still believes they had a strong season.

“Last season we got seventh place and got into the Europa League,” he added.

“This season we beat our points record of last season, so I think both seasons were fantastic.

“Maybe we should do better, but I think we played very good and deserve all we have.”

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