Wolverhampton Wanderers boss determined to keep star winger at Molineux


Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett believes that winger Bakary Sako is happy at Molineux and that they can keep him at the club.

Wolverhampton Wanderers won the League One title at a canter last season, with manager Kenny Jackett taking the club back to the second tier at the first time of asking. A promotion push would probably be too much to expect in their first season back in the Championship, but the club have certainly made a strong start to the new season.

Five wins and four draws from their opening 11 games has given them seventh place in the Championship table, just two points behind leaders Norwich City as the top of the table becomes as congested as ever a this early stage of the campaign.

Today's 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic was a much needed point after Wednesday's shocking 3-1 home defeat to Huddersfield Town. Latics duo James Perch and Marc-Antoine Fortune cancelled out Dave Edwards' opener for Wolves to give Uwe Rosler's side the lead at half time.

It was Malian international Bakary Sako who rescued Wolves with a second half equaliser, and just a year after Sako was embroiled in a transfer saga with Nottingham Forest, manager Jackett is hopeful of keeping the 26-year-old at Molineux, with Premier League clubs no doubt watching his progress.

"I think that is the case with any player," he said when asked if Sako could make the move to the top flight. "If someone is very, very good in the Championship then they are vulnerable to the next set of clubs going forward. Gareth Bale still got bought by Real Madrid. There is always somebody that can do well enough for the next set of clubs to take them. But it is not something that we want. We are happy with him here and long may it continue."

"He is well-liked and respected here and he has a fantastic attitude. Another goal again for him is good and he does really respond to the crowd. He is under contract to us and he is very, very happy here. When we were down in League One there were different rumours about whether anyone would come in for him. We are very pleased to have him here and from my point if view long may it continue. I am sure that as the club keeps improving and keeps competing at the top part of this league it will help us," added the former Millwall boss.

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