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Wolverhampton Wanderers Vs Bolton Wanderers, Sat 13 Nov 2010

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Marcus Hahnemann wants to stay at Wolves for another two seasons and join the band of keepers who have played in the Barclays Premier League at 40.

Hahnemann's current contract runs out in the summer, but he believes he has enjoyed one of the best 12 month periods of his career after replacing Wayne Henney as first choice at Molineux.

The 38-year-old has often stated he wants to end his career back in his native United States in the MSL and will consider that option if no new deal is forthcoming at Wolves.

But Hahnemann is keen to stay with the midlands club for the foreseeable future as they prepare for the home meeting with Bolton.

Hahnemann, in an interview with Press Association Sport, said: "I want to stay at Wolves. Myself and my family really like it here, the set-up is great, the guys are great, the staff are great.

"Everything has been top notch since I've been here. There is no reason why I want to leave or anything.

"I'm just kind of waiting to see what happens. I can't stay if they don't want me to stay so we will just wait and see if they are going to offer me something.

"There are a couple of MLS teams and it might be an opportunity for me to go back.

"But if I have the choice I would like to carry on at Wolves for two more years if I was given the opportunity."

Hahnemann added: "I think I've been playing as well as I ever have been and I'm as fit as I've ever been.

"I feel fit and good enough to carry on at this level for another couple of years.

"It's been one of the best 12 months of my career. I've had good spells before but everything has been pretty remarkable since coming in here and getting the chance to play and play again."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will check on a trio of players injured against Arsenal in midweek before finalising his side.

Midfielder Dave Edwards was substituted after only eight minutes with a thigh muscle injury while defender Stephen Ward suffered a gashed leg in a challenge by Cesc Fabregas. Striker Kevin Doyle also broke a bone in his hand in the 2-0 defeat.

Centre-back Jody Craddock (hip) and right-back Ronald Zubar (ankle) are still out.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle wants to keep hold of Gary Cahill and Johan Elmander because they turn up for training with a smile on their face.

Chairman Phil Gartside set alarm bells ringing among the supporters when he indicated the duo might have to move on as the club's debt has risen to #93million.

Former Aston Villa defender Cahill is being coveted by a number of clubs while in-form striker Elmander is out of contract in the summer.

Coyle claims he is under no pressure to sell the players and received a boost when Cahill re-iterated it was "a real joy" to play for Bolton.

Coyle said: "I am well aware that Gary is happy. You only have to see how he is playing.

"Alongside Johan Elmander, Kevin Davies and Jussi (Jaaskelainen), these are the type of players I want at this football club.

"They all all look to be happy in their work, which I what I am after. If that is the case I can get the best from them.

"The conversations I have had with the chairman and the owner (Eddie Davies) I am not under any duress to sell players. If that was the case we would have done that back in August.

"If and when the right offer comes in for anybody you would have to look at it because of the business side of football. But I do not feel under any more pressure than I was two days ago to sell any players.

"Of course I would like Gary and Johan to stay as I am here to to try and build a team and take it on."

Gartside would also like to trim the wage bill and Coyle accepts that may happen in the summer when nine players are out of contract.

"It is something I am conscious of as I inherited most of the squad, " he said. "If it helps us financially it is something we might have to do."

Elmander has been unwell with a virus and came off in the second half of the draw with Everton in midweek.

His replacement Ivan Klasnic went on to open the scoring and is pushing for a place in the team as is Martin Petrov.

Joey O'Brien, Ricardo Gardner, Jlloyd Samuel and Sean Davis are all still sidelined.

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