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Latics boss hopes to keep stars

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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes he can hang on to his star players despite the constant speculation about them being picked off by bigger clubs.

Winger Charles N'Zogbia, who last summer was on the verge of a move to Birmingham before the deal collapsed over personal terms, has been linked with a host of clubs as he only has 12 months left on his contract. The likes of striker Hugo Rodallega and James McCarthy have also attracted interest from rival Barclays Premier League teams.

However, the Latics manager is confident he can keep hold of those assets. He said: "There is no reason to think otherwise. The players are under contract."

Martinez added: "We've got a lot of good players and it is understandable people are looking at them.

"There's been a lot of media speculation - that is part of being in the transfer window - but I am more focused on trying to reach the targets we set, get as fit as we can and enjoy every player we have in the squad.

"We are working hard in pre-season to continue our development.

"We don't know what is going to be around the corner so we are going to enjoy having these players but as a football club you have to be prepared.

"Every player comes back to the club where they work for pre-season so they are not in the press or reading papers about themselves.


 

"They know they have to work hard to ensure we start the season in the manner we finished it.

"Don't think players come back thinking 'Where I am going to be?'"

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