Chelsea star move to Wolves 'never discussed'

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Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has hailed the form of Michael Mancienne but insists he has "never discussed" the possibility of making the on loan Chelsea player's move permanent.

Mancienne has impressed McCarthy with his versatility, slotting in at left-back, right-back, central defence and, most recently, in central midfield since joining Wolves on a season-long loan.

But McCarthy has made no moves to try and lure Mancienne away from Stamford Bridge for good, and said: "We have never discussed that. We took him on loan and whether I would like or him or not, it has never been discussed."

He added: "I think it is wrong to have a quote from me saying 'I would like to sign him'.

"In fact, there isn't any transfer news. None at all."

Mancienne initially joined Wolves on loan last season and helped them gain promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship. And he has again impressed in his second spell at the club.

"Michael is a really good footballer," added McCarthy. "He has been unfortunate that when he was out injured, Jody Craddock came in and has been outstanding at centre-half.

"I think down the middle is his best position, whether it is centre half or sitting in midfield.

"He can play full-back and does a decent job, but he is a centre-half and can also do that midfield holding role exceptionally well.

"I knew he was versatile. He is a good footballer and is quick as well so he covers the ground and can do a number of jobs. He is comfortable in different roles."

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