Jackett comments on Villa & West Brom's chances of landing reported target Sako

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett believes that Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion target Bakary Sako may remain at Molineux past the summer.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has told the club's official website that he intends to fight to keep hold of Bakary Sako at the end of the season.

The Birmingham Mail has suggested that West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa are both interested in signing Sako, but Jackett wants to retain the services of the highly-rated winger.

Although the Wolves boss admits that could be tough unless they get promoted to the Premier League, he believes that staying at Molineux remains an option for the Mali international.

"We're not aware of further interest in him and we're still in the same place," he said. "We have had no approach and I wouldn't expect one. His contract has been honoured on both sides.

"The conclusion to our season will have a big bearing. The situation with him has intensified in the last few months. But are we an option for him for next season? Yes, we are. We like Sako here. I have consistently picked him and he is a crowd favourite.

"We are all very positive towards him. We want him here next season and the door is open to him for staying. Whether he stays with us in the Championship depends on what other options come in for him. Wolves will be an option."

Wolves have battled to keep hold of Sako ever since they were relegated to League One, so to lose him at a point where they appear to be on the up would be a major blow.

The 26-year-old is Jackett's side's main attacking hope and his pace and power makes him a real weapon for the side.

If Sako's future is decided by whether Wolves make it to the Premier League or not, then they have added incentive to make sure they are promoted this season.

Wolves are currently one of the form teams in the Championship and are just two points outside the play-off places with seven games remaining.

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