Wolves boss Mick McCarthy remains hopeful Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea will allow Michael Mancienne another loan spell at Molineux.

The England Under-21 international, who can play both in defence and midfield, enjoyed a productive stay with the West Midlands club over the past two seasons, helping Wolves to the Championship title in 10 appearances during 2008/2009 and then spending the full campaign as McCarthy's side retained their top-flight status.

However, McCarthy admits it all depends on what plans Carlo Ancelotti has for the promising 22-year-old. "If Chelsea say he is available then we would have an interest," McCarthy said.

"Until they clarify what their plans for Michael are, it is very difficult to comment.

"We think the world of Michael at this club. He is a good player, he knows the set-up and he is a popular lad with the squad."

McCarthy added in the Birmingham Mail: "I think Michael's future depends on what home-grown players Chelsea bring in because they have a balance to strike.

"It is not like going to Tesco and taking tins off the supermarket shelf - as we all know, getting the right players in is very difficult.

"The biggest issue is where Chelsea see Michael's future."

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