Wolves: 24 y/o Lage favourite 'deserves new Molineux contract'

Wolverhampton Wanderers are thought to be ‘continually monitoring’ Max Kilman’s situation amid interest from Chelsea and Manchester United, with the Molineux ace deserving of a new contract, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Kilman only penned a fresh long-term deal – lasting until the summer of 2026 – a matter of months ago, but that has not stopped two Premier League rivals taking an interest in the Wolves defender.

What’s the latest news involving Kilman?

Bruno Lage was appointed as Wolves’ head coach last summer and the alteration in the dugout has paid off for Kilman as he has not featured in just one match since.

A string of impressive performances have resulted in him becoming a favourite for the Portuguese and, according to talkSPORT, Chelsea are showing a keen interest in acquiring Kilman’s services.

The report suggests Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel has sent scouts to watch the 24-year-old boyhood Chelsea fan in action as Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta’s contracts are set to expire at the end of the campaign.

However, as it stands, the west Londoners will not be able to welcome Kilman to Stamford Bridge in the summer as owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government and the Russian billionaire’s assets have been frozen.

That could result in Manchester United looking to pounce as the Red Devils are reportedly monitoring Kilman’s situation after making an impression on interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

But Lage has confirmed Wolves are in talks over fresh terms which would help them in their bid to keep Kilman at Molineux.

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What has Pete O’Rourke said about Kilman?

O’Rourke believes Kilman’s performances at the heart of Wolves’ backline should be rewarded with an improved contract.

While the journalist feels the West Midlands club are looking to hand the former Maidenhead United man fresh terms, he hints they may not be in a rush due to him signing on the dotted line towards the end of last year.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “He probably deserves a new contract but you’ve got to remember he only signed a new deal in November, so it’s not that long ago.

“But I’m sure it’s something Wolves are continually monitoring to see what they can do to try and ensure Max Kilman is happy at the club.”

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How has Kilman performed in recent weeks?

Kilman endured a match to forget as he conceded a penalty in Wolves’ 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace earlier this month.

That will have come as a huge blow due to England boss Gareth Southgate, who is understood to be mulling over whether to hand Kilman a first international call-up ahead of the Three Lions’ upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast, watching from the Molineux stands.

It led to a surprise twist as Kilman was dropped to the bench for the convincing win over Watford, but he returned to the starting line-up for the 1-0 victory at Everton on Sunday.

According to Sofascore, Kilman imposed himself on the game by making five clearances, two tackles and one interception while also notching an 86 per cent pass completion rate.

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