Whelan jumps to defence of Diame

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Those who read Wigan Athletic midfielder Mohamed Diame’s comments this week could have forgiven the Frenchman for bemoaning his side’s recent performances on the pitch.

But the £4million signing from Madrid based Rayo Vallecano openly criticised Wigan in comments taken from an interview with a French football magazine.

Speaking about his new found home Diame said, "It is a cr*ppy place. The town is tiny and there is no atmosphere. I go into training, I return home, and that is all I do.

"When it snowed I felt like it was minus 15, and feared I was going to turn into an ice cube."


It’s now six Barclays Premier League games without a win for the Latics whose last success came on their Boxing Day trip to Wolves, but the Christmas cheer has long since departed.

Diame may have a point with regards to the dwindling temperatures as Wigan seem to have frozen under the pressure. They now find themselves deeply engrossed in a relegation battle as they fight to save their Barclays Premier League status.

Speaking yesterday, Latics chairman and sportswear tycoon Dave Whelan played down Diame’s comments, passing it off as a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ interview and said that there is no problem with the player.

"Momo said Wigan in winter is colder than Madrid and the girls wrap up because of the cold. We have to agree with him on that.

"Momo has come from a beautiful city to sign for Wigan. But Wigan is a happy town. We will have to take Momo for a night out in King Street to give him a proper taste of the place!"

That 'happy place' will become even more cheery if Latics manager Roberto Martinez can turn things around at the JJB stadium, and pick up some much needed points to steer the club to safety.

In the meantime their immediate focus turns to the FA Cup, where they face a feisty fourth round clash with Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok stadium this weekend.

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