Bakary Sako today repeated his vow to continue to give his all for Wolves and insisted he is not considering any interest from other clubs.
Also vehemently rubbishing suggestions he had “gone on strike” after Wolves called off negotiations over a move to Nottingham Forest, the winger is hoping to be involved again tomorrow against Coventry to build on his matchwinning impact in his last outing against Sheffield United.
Whilst echoing the words of the Molineux hierarchy and Head Coach Kenny Jackett that every player has his price, the affable 25-year-old insists all he is focusing on at the present time is building on both his and Wolves’ impressive start to the season.
“I spoke to the gaffer in pre-season and he said that if a Premier League or a top Championship club came in for me and a deal was agreed I would be able to speak with them,” said Sako.
“But I have never been on strike or anything like that.
“I heard a lot of things like ‘Sako doesn’t want to play’ for Wolves’ but that is rubbish.
“I have always done my best for this club and I love this club and the fans and everyone who works for the club.
“I didn’t play the last league game because I was ill again and then the gaffer said I needed to rest and could come back again on Monday.
“For me now I’m not thinking about any interest from other clubs.
“I just want to get on with my football and play again and if the clubs agree anything and want to speak to me then that is different.
“It is normal in football that players have a price and even managers – other clubs can come in for them.
“But I am certainly not saying I want to leave and I have never said that even when there has been interest.
“I have never said I want to go and play for a big club or a top club – Wolves are a big club – and when I play I just do my best to try and help us do well.
“If something else happens then that is up to other people but I am not asking people to come and get me – I just want to do my best for Wolves as I always have done.”
Sako acknowledged that the recurring interest from Nottingham Forest did cause him a degree of uncertainty, but nothing too major, and has now shrugged it off along hopefully with the illness which saw him ruled out of the win at Colchester.
“Maybe it did (affect me) a little bit,” he says.
“They came in once and things didn’t happen and I was very happy to stay and went out and found myself a new house.
“And then they came back again and it did affect me a little bit which is probably normal in the situation.
“But when I am playing and I am wearing the Wolves badge I am going to do my best for this club and help get this club back promoted.
“Nobody knows what happens in football in the future but I am committed to doing my best for the club unless I am told otherwise.
“I’ve still got a little bit of the illness left but I should be available for Saturday and then it’s whether the gaffer puts me into the team.
“The team did well against Colchester but I am available if needed.”
Tomorrow’s game is the first of two home fixtures in four days and three home games out of four with which Wolves will need to pick up points to keep pace with Sky Bet League One front runners Leyton Orient and Peterborough.
And for Sako he is hoping there is more to come after his assist and spectacular strike in the last league home game against Sheffield United.
“I really enjoyed scoring that goal and it’s one of my best but not the best – I scored some like this when I was in France,” he adds.
“At the time when I hit the shot I didn’t really think it was a great goal but when I saw the replay and everyone was saying ‘what a goal’ I was very pleased with it!
“I was pleased with my contribution with an assist and a goal – this is my job and what I try to do.
“We have two home games now and if we want to get promoted we have to be picking up points in games like these.
“We’ve had a great start and need to try and get some more points to keep up with the teams at the top.”