Romain Saiss hopes Wolves can achieve ‘something great’ in the coming seasons after extending his stay at Molineux until 2021.
The Moroccan international, who is approaching 100 appearances in Old Gold, has committed his future to Wolves, and after putting pen to paper by on a new two-year deal, saiss spoke about his time so far at Molineux and what his hopes are for the future with the club.
On extending his Wolves career
“I’m very happy to sign a new deal with this club. It was very important for me because since the new owners bought the club, I’m here to have a big part in this project.
“I came here to try to help the club get into the Premier League, we achieved that, and now we have to continue in this way, to help the club to grow every year to become a very big club in England. I’m very happy to have a part in this big project.
“I’ve been here three years now, so everything is good for me and my family. We like living in England, we like living here, playing at this club, in this stadium, with these fans, so everything is fantastic and is good for me.”
On his time at Molineux
“I remember when I signed here, the first season was very hard. We changed the coach two or three times and it was not very easy for me because it was my first experience in a new country.
“But after the second season it was fantastic, because we got promotion, we won the title, and I played my first World Cup with my national team, so everything was fantastic last season.
“This season is totally new for a big part of the squad, because nobody has played in the Premier League. It was hard at the beginning because I didn’t play a lot, I came back late from World Cup and everything was new for me.
“But even though I didn’t play a lot, it was a good experience to learn but I try to stay focused and do everything in training and be ready for when the coach calls me to play.
“When he did it, I think I tried to do my best to show to the coach, and the club, that I am here and I can help the team.”
On his role at the club
“I try to help the young players because now I have a little but more experience with the club and in international football with my country.
“I just want to keep the smile on my face every day, because we are lucky to play football and have a chance to play football in England, in the best league, so we have to think about that and realise that even though it’s hard sometimes, because not every player can play or they are injured, that we are lucky to be footballers.
“When we go to the hospital to see the children with problems, we must understand that we are lucky even if we don’t play or are injured.
“I try to always smile and joke with everybody because it’s better to train with a smile than with a bad face – that’s my role.”
On his dreams with Wolves
“In the future, maybe playing European football with my club, maybe Champions League, Europa League, and win the African Cup with my country – that would be perfect.
“But I’m very happy now because I’ve done a lot of things since I started football. I thank God for what he has given me and if he can give me more I will take it.
“I’m very happy and I hope we can do something great with this club because we have a fantastic team and very good fans, so everything is here to do something great, now we have to do it.”