Bakary Sako this afternoon revealed boss Kenny Jackett agreed to let him leave Wolves – but the Molineux winger insisted: “I never went on strike”.
Sako claimed he had Jackett’s blessing to move if a Premier League or Championship club agreed terms with Wolves officials this summer.
But the 25-year-old, who was the subject of multiple bids from Nottingham Forest rising to £3.5m, hit back at claims he no longer wants to be at Molineux.
“I spoke to the gaffer in pre-season and he said that if a Premier League or a top Championship club came in for me and a deal was agreed I would be able to speak with them,” said Sako.
“I have never been on strike or anything like that.
“I heard a lot of things like ‘Sako doesn’t want to play for Wolves’ but that is rubbish. I have always done my best for this club. I love this club and the fans and everyone who works here.
“I didn’t play the last league game because I was ill and then the gaffer said I needed to rest and could come back again on Monday.
“For me, now, I’m not thinking about any interest from other clubs.
“I just want to get on with my football and play again and if the clubs agree anything and want to speak to me then that is different.
“But I am not saying I want to leave. I have never said that even when there has been interest.”
But Sako, who signed for Wolves for £2.2m from St Etienne in the summer of 2012, admitted speculation surrounding Forest might have taken a mental toll.
“Maybe it did a little bit,” he said. “They came in once and things didn’t happen and I was very happy to stay and went out and found myself a new house.
“And then they came back again and it did affect me a little bit which is probably normal in the situation.”
“But when I am wearing the Wolves badge I am going to do my best and help get this club back promoted.”