Martinez issues warning to suitors

Martinez is not surprised that the star members of his squad are

attracting transfer interest – but he is ‘hopeful’ that there will

be no sales. Birmingham and Sunderland are both understood to have

contacted DW Stadium officials regarding Charles N’Zogbia, while

Italian giants Juventus have also been linked with the wide-man.

Hugo Rodallega has admitted in the past that he would relish the

chance to play for Arsenal, while Mohamed Diame’s impressive

2009/10 campaign has led to speculation linking the midfielder with

the Premier League’s top clubs. But Martinez wants to keep the core

element of his squad and is hopeful that chairman Dave Whelan will

not want to accept what would be a large transfer income from any

sales. The Latics boss told the Wigan Observer: “I am hopeful but

you can never be confident about things like this. “We have got a

very good group now and the players are at an age where I don’t

think they have fulfilled anywhere near their potential yet. It

would be too early for anyone to leave the club. “As well as Hugo

and Charlie, there are a group of four or five players who have

performed so well that I wouldn’t be surprised if other clubs were

interested in them. “I feel that every player here has another

level to reach with us, and the players know that. If we keep

attracting attention from other clubs it is because we are doing

something right which is a positive.” Martinez added: “We all enjoy

watching Charles play, and I really feel he has another level to

find with Wigan. “I have got no doubt that we have got six or seven

players who can be as good as they want to be in world football.

“But they are still young and they think they can develop together

by staying together. “I am talking about players like Momo Diame,

James McCarthy, Victor Moses, Hugo Rodallega, Charles N’Zogbia,

players under the age of 24. “That is a huge strength for us, and

we have time on our side in that respect. “It would be impossible

for us to replace Charles or Hugo, and that’s why you need to

develop other players. “With the values in the modern game, it

would be impossible for us to replace either of those two players.

We don’t want to sell our players, and that will never be the

position. “The only time that will change is when the player feels

he has done everything at this football club and he needs to move

on to the next challenge. “To do that, he would have to go to the

top four, or to a big club in Europe.”