Whelan: We have to sell N’Zogbia

N’Zogbia, 25, has been linked with a move away from the DW Stadium

with the likes of Aston Villa Liverpool and Newcastle potential

suitors, but Roberto Martinez maintained only on Friday that he,

along with reported Arsenal target Hugo Rodallega, would not be

sold although Whelan has since claimed otherwise. “We have to sell

Charles N’Zogbia because he’s on the last year of his contract,” he

told talkSPORT. “We can’t keep him if a big club comes for him and

he does deserve a big club because he’s that kind of quality

player.” The France international could walk away from Wigan for

nothing next summer and could also receive a much bigger wage if he

were to move on, but Martinez, talking at the announcement of a new

shirt sponsorship deal, was bullish in his statement regarding the

futures of his best players He said: “We’ve got a lot of good

players and it is understandable people are looking at them.

“There’s been a lot of media speculation – that is part of being in

the transfer window – but I am more focused on trying to reach the

targets we set. The players are under contract.” Whelan seemed to

contradict those statements today and admitted keeping hold of

former Newcastle man N’Zogbia would be hard. “We would love to keep

him and pay him what he wants to stay with us but it’s a very

difficult situation. “He’s such a great player and we are such a

small club sometimes we don’t go together,” Whelan added.