Di Santo delight at Wigan move
Franco Di Santo says his transfer deadline day move to Wigan was the best option available to him.
By Danny Wright
Last Updated: 01/09/10 12:56pm
Franco Di Santo says his move to Wigan provided the best option available to him - despite attracting interest from other clubs.
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 Argentine 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."