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Martinez hopes to keep McCarthy

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Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes midfielder James McCarthy is good enough to play for any club in the world - but hopes he will stay just where he is, for now at least.

The Republic of Ireland international has become a key player for the Latics since joining the club from Hamilton in July 2009 and scored both goals in Saturday's 2-2 draw with QPR - his first for almost two years.

Wigan are no strangers to losing star players to other clubs having seen Leighton Baines, Antonio Valencia, Wilson Palacios and Victor Moses all depart for other Barclays Premier League clubs, the latter joining Chelsea earlier this season. Martinez would certainly not be surprised if McCarthy was the latest player to attract interest, saying: "That's the nature of the game."

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Chelsea
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Wilson Palacios
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