By Amir Mir
Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple has stated that the club will fight every inch to prevent Helder Costa being sold in the summer.
However, the club’s senior figure did reveal that he would be a “fraud” to say that the highly-rated winger would not be going anywhere at the end of the current campaign.
Dalrymple’s admissions will worry Wolves fans given the impact he has made during his debut season.
The 23-year-old was purchased for a club record fee of £13million in January when he made his loan move from Benfica into a permanent one.
During his time at the club, Costa has impressed the Wolves faithful with his outstanding ability on the ball, in particular, his blistering speed during counter attacks which has seen him win many plaudits.
Under new manager Paul Lambert, the Midlands side will have ambitions of returning to the Premier League next season.
Dalrymple provided his thoughts on Costa and whether he will be part of their ambitious journey back to the top.
“He’s not been bought just to be sold on,” Dalrymple told the Express and Star. “My understanding and my belief is we’ve bought him on a long term deal because we want him to be a big part of this club going forward.
“I’d be a bit of a fraud if I said he’s definitely not going anywhere in the summer because I don’t know that about anyone in the squad.
“But I certainly wouldn’t want to lose someone of his ability having just made such a big statement by bringing him in.”
This season Costa has played 30 Championship, FA Cup and EFL Cup games, scoring ten goals and providing eight assists for a side that has been struggling for the majority of the campaign.
Costa’s most impressive displays have come against Premier League duo Stoke City and Liverpool in the FA Cup.
The former Portugal under-21 international scored during the 2-0 win against Mark Hughes’ side in early January and then provided two assists during the impressive 2-1 win at Anfield.
In the Championship, he has scored against the likes of league leaders Newcastle, Midlands rivals Aston Villa and promotion hopefuls, Derby and Norwich.
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