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Wolves expect defender stay despite Blues ban

Wolverhampton Wanderers are confident that Chelsea's transfer ban will not impact on the situation of loan defender Michael Mancienne.

The London club have been prevented from making any signings in the next two transfer windows by FIFA after being adjudged to have induced Gael Kakuta to break his contract with RC Lens in 2007.

Chelsea have pledged to launch the 'strongest possible appeal' against the sanction but the debate has already begun as to how their title aspirations could be affected over the next two seasons.

Once concern is squad depth in an ageing team and Chelsea currently have 21-year-old defender Mancienne on loan at Wolves where he has started all four of the club's Premier League games so far this season.

He can reportedly be recalled in January in an emergency but Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey is not anticipating that Chelsea will request the return of the England Under-21 international.

"Obviously, player contract stability is of paramount importance to everyone in the Premier League and the last thing we want is to see Michael leave," Moxey told the Express and Star.

"We have got Michael here and we'd like to keep him for the season. No one should get too excited about this situation, because Chelsea are appealing and Michael is here to play football. We do not necessarily see this as affecting Michael's position."

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