Raul Jimenez says making his £32m move to Wolves permanent was easy because it feels like home and a privilege.
The 27-year-old was officially unveiled as a full-time Wolves player this lunchtime in front of a packed media room at Compton after signing a four-year deal in a club record move from Benfica.
Talks have been ongoing for some weeks to turn the Mexico international’s season-long loan into a permanent move after his hugely impressive impact as the club’s 15-goal top scorer. His move again smashes the club transfer record, which was the £18m paid for Adama Traore in August and for Jonny Castro Otto in January.
Jimenez, whose father Raul Jimenez Vega has remained in Wolverhampton since before the weekend while the deal was struck, revealed he had no hesitation in signing permanently.
“It was an easy decision for me. All of them (team-mates) make me feel like I’m at home. I feel that being at Wolves suits me,” said the striker, who will officially become a Wolves player on July 1.
“I want to make history at this club. Being part of this team is an amazing thing. I’m very happy, it’s a privilege.
“I am very proud of all my team-mates, all the people around – we are like a big family, that gives us something on the pitch.”
Jimenez scored 18 goals in 80 League appearances for Benfica in three years, winning two league titles. But he feels like this is the challenge he has been seeking as he focused on being a number one striker and improving his goals output again.
“This is what I was looking for since I arrived in Europe – playing an important part in a team,” he added.
“This was my opportunity since four years ago, and now that I have it I’m not going to just let it go like that.
“I want it all. I think that makes me do the things I’m doing.
“We all know how and what to do. We are looking forwards always, next year things may be better for us.
“I am always looking to improve. If I score 12, 13, 14 goals now I am going to go for more next year.”
Wolves fans have taken Jimenez to their hearts because of his goals and prodigious workrate and have even conjured up a song, ‘Si Senor’ to chant to him.
Now he wants them to sing it in celebration at Wembley this Sunday when Wolves take on Watford in the FA Cup semi-final.
“We feel all their support. They are going to be at Wembley, all the people who are in Molineux, so it will be the same,” he said.
“It’s been very nice that the people inside the club, as well as the people outside, the supporters, are happy with me and that gives me extra motivation to continue doing my best on the pitch.
“The songs the fans have made for me are amazing – it’s the first time that has happened to me.
“I’m very happy when I score and I’m on the pitch and I can hear it. I feel very honoured and very happy for that.
“Now I want to keep scoring so they can keep singing songs about me.
“It is a great opportunity to be there in the final. We look around and know that we can do it.
“We need to show we want it more than them. It would be amazing, we have to take the match with calmness, then we’ll see.”