Wolverhampton Wanderers’ hopes of persuading Romain Saiss to sign a new Molineux contract have been boosted because he wants to continue playing ‘at the highest level’ despite interest from overseas, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
Saiss has been a key man for Wolves, racking up 200 appearances since heading to the West Midlands, but there is serious uncertainty over the central defender’s long-term future.
What’s the latest news involving Saiss?
As things stand, Saiss is set to leave Wolves on a free transfer in a matter of months as his £22,000-per-week contract is due to expire at the end of June.
Having entered the final six months of his agreement at the turn of the year, the 58-cap Morocco international is already in a position to pen a pre-contract agreement with overseas suitors.
According to Moroccan media outlet Hespress, Spanish giants Sevilla are looking to take advantage of Saiss’ precarious situation.
The report suggests sporting director Monchi is an admirer of the 31-year-old and eager to agree terms with the central defender.
But it appears Saiss’ current employers are still keen to keep him at the club as The Athletic reporter Tim Spiers has suggested he is expecting Wolves to open negotiations over a new deal despite the rejection of fresh terms last summer.
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What has Pete O’Rourke said about Saiss?
O’Rourke understands that Sevilla are not Saiss’ only suitors as clubs outside of Europe are also keeping tabs on his situation.
However, the journalist believes Wolves’ Premier League status could be enough to tempt Saiss into remaining at Molineux.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “I know Saiss has had interest from other clubs all across Europe and outside of Europe as well.
“But I think he wants to stay playing at the highest level and the Premier League is probably the best league to be playing in right now, so that boosts Wolves’ chances of keeping him.”
Why are Wolves looking to extend Saiss’ stay at Molineux?
After the centre-half struck what proved to be the winner in the contest with Brighton & Hove Albion last December, Lage likened Saiss to Italy and AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini.