Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has denied that Nenad Milijas has been a disappointment in his first season in the Premier League.
The Serbia international has started just one league game since the end of January and has been used sparingly by McCarthy during the second half of the season.
However, McCarthy is happy with the contribution of the 26-year-old former Red Star Belgrade midfielder, who has made 21 appearances in all competition following his arrival at Molineux for an undisclosed fee last summer.
"I think you'll find he played just as many games as he wanted to when he came," McCarthy told the Birmingham Mail.
"I left him out at Chelsea because I just did something else. I think he found it a bit of a surprise, the Premier League. It was a bit of a shock to him, it was harder than he thought. He had some good games and some not so good games.
"But we all know his ability and I think he has adapted. In his training and everything he has a better understanding of what is required, there is no doubt about that.
"Can he be part of the future? Yes."