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Valencia manager Jose Bordalas has opened the door for the return of Rafa Mir as the striker faces an uncertain future at Premier League Wolves, as reported by El Desmarque. 

At a time when Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Adama Traore are all being linked with a move away from Molineux, the confusion surrounding the club’s forgotten man has flown under the radar. 

Mir, after all, has made just two league appearances – and none in the top flight – since joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2018. 

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The departure of Nuno Espirito Santo – the manager who threw his weight behind another youngster, Fabio Silva – appeared to hand Mir a clean slate, although it seems the man himself has other plans. 

According to Super Deporte, the former Spain U21 international has rejected a new contract at Wolves.

And, given Mir is due to become a free agent in 2022, the Midlands giants will now have little choice but to cash in should someone meet their £12 million asking price. 

Whether Valencia are capable of doing that – the Castellon club appear to be stuck in an eternal state of austerity – is anyone’s guess.

That hasn’t stopped Bordalas from dreaming big, however, with Mir lined up for a return to the club he represented as a youngster.

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“Work is being done to bring in a centre-back, a midfielder and a forward. But there may be other positions that are reinforced as well,” said the straight-talking Bordalas, who recently replaced former Watford boss Javi Gracia at the Mestalla.  

“Rafa Mir is a very good player – and he is a possibility.” 

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The 6ft 3in targetman was a massive success on loan at Huesca last season, scoring 16 times for a team that was relegated from La Liga on the last day. 

Given that Bordalas’s Getafe side was at its most effective with a physical number nine leading the line – the late-blooming Jaime Mata even earned a Spain call-up on the back of his form at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez – you can see why he wants Mir to reinforce goal-shy Valencia. 

Valencia aren’t the only La Liga club to express an interest in the Murcia-born 24-year-old either… 

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