Reported Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford target Wu Lei has indicated that he could stay with Espanyol even if the Catalan giants are relegated from La Liga, speaking to Xinhuanet.
With just four games remaining in the Spanish top flight season, the Parakeets are in need of a miracle.
A 1-0 home defeat to relegation rivals Leganes was nothing short of a disaster, leaving Espanyol 11 points from safety and bottom of the table – just one year after they qualified for the Europa League via a seventh place finish.
As a result, most of Espanyol’s biggest name players are expected to jump from a sinking ship with The Mail reporting on Saturday that Watford have been offered the chance to add a 67-cap international to their less-than-prolific fronline.
Wolves, meanwhile, were tipped by Marca last month to finally sign Wu Lei after two years of speculation.
Espanyol’s fate could be sealed as early as next weekend but, while a drop in the Segunda looks inevitable, do not make the mistake in thinking Wu Lei is getting his lifejacket ready.
“To avoid relegation, we have to give it all, which will put immense mental and physical pressure on us,” says the Chinese Super League’s all-time top scorer.
“If Espanyol needs me, and I’m capable of making contributions to the team, I will choose to stay.”
The Mail did suggest that Wolves have cooled their interest somewhat, and that might have something to do with the fact that Wu Lei has hardly been a prolific goalscorer in Spanish football.
He has just four La Liga goals in 23 matches this season and, despite a remarkable record back home in China, Wu continues to look more rusty than ruthless in the final third.