Wolves wrap up deal for Zeli Ismail
Young Wolves prospect Zeli Ismail today ended doubts about his future by signing a new Molineux deal.
Ismail and fellow academy product Jonathan Flatt signed professional contracts which will tie them to Wolves until the summer of 2015.
Supporters will welcome the news about Ismail who has been the subject of unwelcome interest since being given tipped for the top by former academy boss Chris Evans.
He predicted the youngster would become the first £100m player – a comment which has become a burden to the player and angered Wolves officials because of the expectations it triggered.
Winger Ismail was heading into the last year of his previous deal before putting pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year extension, while it is goalkeeper Flatt's first professional contract after impressing during his academy scholarship.
Discussions are also continuing with several other young prospects as Wolves aim to give developing players every chance to progress towards senior level.
"We are talking to several of our younger players at the current time, and are delighted to have reached agreement with Zeli and Jonathan," said chief executive Jez Moxey.
"It is the next stage along their respective developments, but it is just the next stage, and they both know they need – and indeed want – to continue improving.
"Zeli has been a regular in the new Under-21 team which has performed well this season, and also made a brief senior debut as a substitute in the Capital One Cup tie at Chelsea in September.
"With his future now secured he can concentrate on continuing his progress within the development squad and aiming to fulfil his potential.
"Jonathan is the latest in a long line of promising goalkeepers to have emerged from our academy," added Moxey.
"He has a great deal to live up to when you consider the likes of Matt Murray, Wayne Hennessey and Carl Ikeme, but with his first professional contract now signed can also focus on continuing to work hard learning his trade."
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