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Bradford City striker Nahki Wells will not let interest from ‘big clubs’ distract him
Nahki Wells has assured City fans he will not be leaving Valley Parade during the summer.
The 21-year-old is contracted for next season after the Bantams took up an option in his current deal, and the club are looking to tie him down properly on a four-year deal to fend off rival suitors.
According to the Bermuda press, Wells – who burst onto the scene with 12 goals in his first campaign at Valley Parade, including the club’s first hat-trick for four years – is attracting the attention of Premier League new boys Reading, Championship-bound Charlton Athletic and Peterborough.
But despite being monitored by several clubs in recent months, Wells says he will be staying put for at least another year, while boss Phil Parkinson insists he will not be sold.
“I’m definitely there for next season,” said Wells. “I have to make a few decisions on whether I’m there long-term but I can’t go into too much detail on that part.
“You do hear a lot of rumours about big clubs sniffing around for you. (The rumours) have some truth behind them but you can’t afford to listen to the hype because you will lose your focus.
“If teams want to watch me then that only gives me more motivation to achieve things. League Two is a good standard but I do want to play at a higher level.”
City’s Bermudian hot-shot has no fears about being a marked man next season.
His emergence has raised expectations for the future and Wells is confident he can deliver.
He is not scared of opposing defenders wising up to him and has pro-mised to come back bigger and better.
“I look back at a successful first year and I’ve got good feelings for the next one,” said Wells.
“I know other teams will be doing their homework on me but I’ll be doing the same. I will work hard through the summer to come back stronger and a bigger boy.
“The club expect me to do well but I’m willing to take that extra responsibility on my shoulders. They will see a much better player, more mature and hopefully there are a lot of good things to come.
“First of all we wanted to finish the season strong and now we have to take that momentum forward. I’ve got high hopes that we can do the business.”
Hanson said: “I’m sure they will be trying to get Nahki on a long contract. He’s a young, exciting player and we enjoy playing together.
“We’ve formed a good partnership together and there is a real understanding between us which has got to benefit the club. I look forward to playing with him.”