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Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has ruled out the sale of talented midfielder James McCarthy from his side this season stating that Wigan will hold on the Scotland born Republic of Ireland midfielder.
McCarthy, 22, has made 95 appearances for Wigan since joining them in 2009 from his boyhood club Hamilton Academical. McCarthy scored 5 times for Wigan in that period and his manager believes that there is a bright future ahead of the young man. Martinez stated that he is definitely one for the top 4 clubs in England but has ruled out a transfer so early from Wigan. Speaking to reporters Martinez said, â€œHe is already a very mature player and person, and when you consider his age, itâ€™s quite scary to think what he can achieve.â€™â€™
"It wonâ€™t be difficult hanging on to him, because he is in the perfect place at the moment, and he knows that. He will fight to win titles and play in the Championsâ€™ League, and when he does, we will all be very proud here. But it will only happen when it is right for him and us, and that will be a few years down the line."
Top Premier League clubs, Arsenal and Liverpool, have been interested in the midfielder but this statement from Martinez all but rules out a possible move in the winter. Both Arsenal and Liverpool havenâ€™t been at their best this season so far and need some infusion of fresh blood into their ranks and this response from Wigan will be a setback for both clubs on the look-out for young talent that can be nurtured.
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