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Benik Afobe: I cried when I sealed my Wolves return

An emotional Benik Afobe admitted he cried when his return to Wolves was sealed – and couldn't be happier at the club he loves.

Benik Afobe (AMA/Sam Bagnall)
Benik Afobe (AMA/Sam Bagnall)

The 24-year-old could make his second Wolves debut today when Nuno Espirito Santo's team take on Sheffield United at Molineux.

His dramatic loan move from Bournemouth was sealed just minutes before Wednesday night's deadline.

And Afobe said the hours before the window shut were the most stressful of his career.

"The move was on, then off, then on, then off and then on with 20 minutes to go!" Afobe said.

"It was stressful for me and my family...probably the most stressed I've been in football and I've had two career threatening injuries.

"Those six hours were the most difficult of my life. That's how much I wanted to come back to Wolves.

"This was more than just going to a team for four months on loan.

"I've played one 90 minutes all season, it's been tough for me mentally but I've got good people around me.

"I was in my car crying when they told me the deal was on with 20 minutes to go. At 10.40pm I was crying in my car coming to the training ground because I knew it was going to get done.

"I'm just happy to be back and ready to get my Wolves career going again."

Bournemouth were reluctant to let Afobe go – and the striker revealed boss Eddie Howe's firm stance against Afobe leaving.

"This is what I wanted...I basically forced to come back!" he said. "Eddie Howe really didn't want me to go, he said I was part of his plans. You see some players moan when they're not in the team but I didn't do that, I trained properly and I was a good lad around the place.

"When I said I wanted to go back he said no. But last night he rang me and said because I'd been a good lad around the place he wanted what was best for me.

"Sometimes they say nice guys don't win, but sometimes they do. I'm very thankful."

Wolves certainly weren't the only club chasing Afobe's signature in the transfer window.

Indeed the ex-Arsenal man revealed that Premier League sides had guaranteed Afobe regular football – but he still chose Wolves.

"A few Premier League clubs wanted me, telling me I was going to walk into their team. But for me it was more than that. I want to start and get picked on merit.

"I'm focused, I'm hungry. I'm still taking it as if I'm come to a new team. There were offers in the Championship, when I got told the teams that wanted me – they're great as well and going for promotion – but I just put the phone down. I didn't even want to know.

"I wouldn't have come here if I didn't think I'd play."

There are 17 games left this season for Afobe to make the impact he wants.

He's certainly not looking beyond that at this stage – and wants to prove a point first.

"It's no secret there's an option, so it'll be in Wolves' hands if they want me next season," he said.

"I've got a point to prove. I think the majority of fans like me here which is great to know. I'm from London, a great city, but Wolverhampton for me, I said to my mum yesterday, I'm happy to be here. It's not the biggest city but I'm happy to be back.

"I feel like I've only been away for six months. Last night at 9pm I just went and drove past the stadium because I wanted to. It means a lot to me. I was at Arsenal for 15 years and here for a year – and this means as much to me as anything in my football career so far.

"I know for a fact I'm going to be a success again here this season."

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