Wolves striker Raul Jimenez admits he has been left speechless at the ‘amazing’ support he has received from the stands in his first season at Molineux.
The 17-goal top scorer, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Sunday, will become the £32m club record signing on July 1 and has already become a new idol to follow famous Wolves number nines such as Roy Swinbourne, Jimmy Murray, Derek Dougan, John Richards, Andy Gray and Steve Bull.
Fans sing their ‘Si Senor’ song in his honour and hundreds have worn Mexican wrestling masks, sombreros and Mexican flags to games.
“I have no words to describe the songs they sing about me,” said Jimenez, who celebrated his birthday with a trip to Disneyland Paris. “When I was young I used to hear the fans singing the names of the other players in the stands. Now it’s my turn and I’m very happy for that.
“All the supporters have been amazing throughout the season and I’m very proud of them. We are very happy for all the support, throughout the season, from these amazing people.”
Jimenez is delighted that Wolves have secured seventh spot after Leicester lost 1-0 at Manchester City and is proud to have played his part in the club’s highest finish since they claimed sixth spot in 1979-80.
“I’m very happy to be part of this history and I hope the next year can be the same or even better than this one,” he said.
“At the beginning of the season, maybe no-one felt that it was going to happen like this. But now, here we are – this is our moment and we have to enjoy it.
“It’s been amazing, and I like being here very much.”
Wolves gave themselves the chance to finish seventh after beating relegated Fulham 1-0 at Molineux on Saturday for their third successive Premier League win after previously overcoming Arsenal and Watford.
“It’s always good to win these kinds of matches and it’s brilliant to finish the season like this,” said Jimenez.