Wolves 'would like to' agree deal beyond 2026 with 6'4 emerging star

Wolverhampton Wanderers ‘would like to’ extend Max Kilman’s current contract following a string of impressive performances, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 24-year-old has established himself in the starting XI following the arrival of manager Bruno Lage in the summer and is being tipped for a call-up to the England squad.

What is the latest news involving Kilman?

Kilman became the first former England futsal international to play in the Premier League after coming on as an injury-time substitute against Fulham on 4 May 2019, just months after he was turning out for Maidenhead United in the National League.

However, the 6 foot 4 ace struggled for game time under former boss Nuno Espirito Santo, making just 33 appearances throughout 2019/20 and 2020/21.

But the arrival of Lage last summer has sparked a transformation in his performances and game time, with Kilman featuring from the off in all 27 of Wolves’ Premier League encounters to date.

His improved displays earned him a new long-term contract back in November, with Kilman putting pen to paper on a £15,000-per-week deal that runs until 2026 and includes the option to extend his stay by a further year.

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But that hasn’t stopped a handful of top clubs being linked with a move for the towering centre-back ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.

According to talkSPORT, Chelsea are considering a move for Kilman as several of their star defenders are out of contract in the summer, while reporter Alex Crook previously informed GiveMeSport that ‘big Premier League clubs are looking at’ the defender.

What has O’Rourke said about Kilman?

Despite Kilman only signing a new contract a matter of months ago, O’Rourke believes Wolves will be looking to tie him down for even longer amid the increased speculation over his future.

He told GMS: “He’s on a long contract until 2026, Wolves would like to extend that even further if they can, just with all this interest that’s coming around Kilman right now.

“And if he does end up getting into the England squad and making his England debut, it’s just going to increase his profile even more and should bring other suitors to the table as well.”

Should Kilman stay at Wolves?

During Gareth Southgate’s reign as Three Lions boss, he has repeatedly picked players from less ‘fashionable’ clubs, such as Wolves.

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Conor Coady has earned eight caps under the 51-year-old tactician’s stewardship, indicating that Kilman could earn a place in the England squad for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, even if he stays at Molineux.

Therefore, staying put for at least another season could be a wise move for Kilman, with the regular opportunities he receives at Wolves not guaranteed to be replicated at a top team fighting for major trophies.

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