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Wolves star Raul feels ‘at peace’ in Wolverhampton

Raul Jimenez has revealed he feels at peace in Wolverhampton as he is treated as one of the people.
The 28-year-old striker officially became Wolves’ record £32m signing on Monday. His season still isn’t over – while most of his Wolves team-mates have been back in pre-season training for several days, he is on international duty with Mexico with the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final against Haiti on Wednesday (3.30am, BST) at Glendale, west of Phoenix, Arizona.
And in an interview with GQ magazine, the Mexico international admits he is at home in the city where he lives because of the way he is welcomed by Wulfrunians.
Wolves fans were quick to make up a song for Jimenez, and now ‘Si Senor’ booms around Molineux and opposition grounds up and down the country.
“The skin bristles,” said Jimenez on his reaction to hearing his song. “It’s something you dream of, although you can not imagine it that way. But I think they just sing to me because, yes, I’m one of the people.”
Jimenez, who is the son of flight attendants, has previously lived in Mexico City, Madrid and Lisbon before swapping the hustle and bustle for Wolverhampton. But he admits he feels settled in this corner of the West Midlands.
“In Mexico City, I lived the efforts of the Mexican capital and I was happy. In Madrid I lived quietly and then Lisbon cost me more,” he said.
“Language was a subject and adaptation was slow, but getting to Wolverhampton was radical.
“It gave me peace of mind. There I can go as if nothing to make my life. I go to the supermarket and people approach me, with respect, to tell me that they are happy with me.
“So I have peace and I can concentrate on training and playing. Today I am one more in Wolverhampton.”
And he feels special when he hears his name being sung.
“To enter the stadium and see that they turn to me is something unique and unrepeatable,” he added. “The song that they created for me. I heard for the first time in February, in our stadium. But I did not understand it until little by little I deciphered it when a large part of the stadium learned it and sang it.”
Wolves have secured European football for the first time in over 39 years after finishing seventh, courtesy of Manchester City beating Watford in the FA Cup final.
They will enter the Europa League second qualifying round and will play the winners of Northern Ireland side Crusaders and Faroe Islanders B39 Torshavn on July 25 and August 1.
Should Jimenez and Mexico reach the CONCACAF Gold Cup final, which is on Monday, July 8, there is only 17 days before Wolves play their first game in Europe, and 11 days before their first pre-season friendly, against Newcastle in the Premier League Asia Trophy in China.
But he admits he is already thinking of how Wolves will tackle a run in Europe.
“I think that going to the Europa League was a great prize and it is time to think about how we will face it,” he insisted.
Jimenez admits Wolves were more concerned about staying up than competing for a European place, until they learned they could cope with the big boys.
“I was travelling with my parents to Tepeji to go on vacation, and in the car I learned that Manchester City had won the FA Cup final against Watford and that gave us a direct pass to the Europa League,” he said.
“Actually, I was very happy and incredulous. When we started the season with the Wolves, nobody imagined we could get a ticket.
“Actually, we thought about not going down. It is a team that just climbed to the first division of the strongest league in the world and we were clear about our struggle, but little by little we understood that we could fight against the leaders and that helped us a lot.”