Di Santo delight at Latics move

The striker joined the Latics on transfer deadline day for an

undisclosed free after struggling to settle at Premier League

champions Chelsea. The 21-year-old – who has agreed a three-year

deal – says Roberto Martinez’s side provided him with the chance to

play regular first-team football at a vital stage in his career.

And he now hopes to make an impact at the DW Stadium following

Wigan’s difficult start to the new season. “I think I needed to

come to Wigan Athletic at this point in my career,” Di Santo told

the club’s official website. “Chelsea is a fantastic club but I

didn’t have too many opportunities there, so I’m very happy to have

made this move. “At my age I need to be playing regular football so

it’s an important move for me and I hope to earn a place in the

team and then try my hardest to stay there.” He added: “There were

some other offers at the time but Wigan was the move I wanted. “I

wanted to stay in England, in the best league in the world and join

a club that is moving in the right direction. “So together with my

family and friends I decided this was the right move for me.” The

Argentina Under-20 international was impressed by the ambition of

manager Martinez and he believes his time at Wigan will take him to

the next level. Di Santo continued: “Roberto and I spoke about the

club, where he wants to take it and how he wants me to play a part

in that. “I’m still young so I think that if I try my best and work

hard here I will get the chance to play. “I haven’t set myself any

targets, I just want to focus on getting up to speed and trying to

get into the team first.”