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Sako hints at Wolves stay

Bakary Sako has hinted that he will still be a Wolverhampton Wanderers player next season, with it his intention to honour his contract.

The Mali international has been heavily linked with a move away from Molineux ever since relegation into the third tier was confirmed in 2012/13.

Fulham and Nottingham Forest led the chase, but no agreement was reached last summer or in the winter transfer window.

Speculation is likely to resurface at the close of the current campaign, with Sako having helped Wolves to promotion back into the Sky Bet Championship, but the 25-year-old sees himself as part of Kenny Jackett's second tier plans next term.

He said in the Birmingham Mail: "We've got a lot of good players here now, and young players who are keen to succeed.

"With that, I think the team can continue to do better and do well next season.

"For me, I've still got a year on my contract and, as always, will do my best for the club.

"I have really enjoyed my football this season."

Sako added: "I'm so happy we are promoted because it wasn't easy and everyone has had to work very hard to achieve it.

"Everyone is delighted because we have got the club back to the Championship, which is where, at least, it belongs to be.

"We have to carry on improving again next year.

"People might have said it should be easy for Wolves in this division, but it was never going to happen that way and we have done it with a completely new team.

"I think we have done very well and especially the gaffer with the job he has done, to get us playing well and also such a good team spirit.

"I think that is a big reason why we have done better than last year."