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Martinez shuns Villa interest to sign new deal

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Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has turned down the chance to speak to Aston Villa about their vacant managers position, and has instead signed a new contract with the Latics.

Martinez was said to be Villa's No.1 choice to replace Gerard Houllier and talks between the two parties were due to start today, if the Spaniard was interested.

But the Wigan boss has pledged his future to the club, and says he has plenty more to achieve.

"Over the last two years the Chairman has been very supportive to me and loyal, and now I feel I need to be loyal and supportive back to him.

 

"I haven't finished my job at Wigan Athletic; there is much work still to be done, I don't know how long that will take but such is the belief that I have always had that I would only ever decide to move once the club is ready for a new Manager."

Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson has added:

"We are delighted that Roberto will be continuing the hard work he and his staff started back in 2009, and as a club we are all looking forward with excitement to our seventh season in the Barclays Premier League.

"We at Wigan Athletic; the staff, players and fans, all have a role to play in continuing the progression and growth of our club, and having Roberto at the heart of that process is hugely important."

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