Martinez welcomes Moses rumours
Roberto Martinez is refusing to be drawn into a transfer debate regarding Victor Moses, claiming speculation can be viewed as a positive in his case.
Last Updated: 07/07/12 4:38pm
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is refusing to be drawn into a transfer debate regarding Victor Moses, claiming speculation can be viewed as a positive in his case.
The 21-year-old forward has made it clear that he will not be penning a contract extension at the DW Stadium, sparking rumours that he could soon be on his way out of the club.
Chelsea are said to be keen on acquiring his potential, with Moses having proved that he has what it takes to terrorise Premier League defences.
Wigan, though, have no intention of parting with one of the brightest young talents in England.
Martinez is expecting to see Moses back at Wigan for pre-season training and says the Latics should view the admiring glances being shot in the direction of their highly-rated youngster as a compliment.
"We're not going to be drawn into the media speculation," he told the Wigan Evening Post.
"All I will say is that Victor had a tremendous season last year - particularly after Christmas - and he is still only 21.
"I'm really looking forward to Victor having a very good break and coming back refreshed and ready to go.
"His experience with Nigeria will bring him on even more, and will hopefully take him on to a different level next season.
"As I always say, the speculation is only a good thing - because when you perform well you are going to get attraction from elsewhere."
Moses has been granted an extended summer break on the back of his international commitments with Nigeria, along with Ali Al Habsi who has been turning out for Oman.
Wigan will also see Maynor Figueroa disrupt their pre-season plans by heading off to the 2012 Olympics with Honduras, but Martinez believes top-level competition can only benefit his troops.
"It's a fitting reward for what Maynor has achieved in his football career," he added.
"We will be co-ordinating his work with the Olympic team - whatever it takes to ensure that his training programme fits in with what's required.
"He will be one of the main players for Honduras and I'm very much looking forward to seeing him on the biggest stage."