Gomez: “Wigan will always be in my heart”

Jordi Gomez scores in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal

Jordi Gomez scores in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal

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JORDI Gomez has described his time with Wigan Athletic as “unforgettable” after confirming he will be joining Sunderland.

The midfielder signed a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light last night and will officially move to the North East on July 1 after his contract with Latics expired.

Gomez endured a mixed time at Latics, at times becoming somewhat of a whipping boy with certain sections of the support but for the majority he was hugely influential and last season he won the Player of the Year award.

“My time in Wigan was unforgettable,” he told the club’s official website. “I made so many good friends at the club and I’d like to say a big thank you to all the staff for the way they have helped me and treated me in my time.

“The manager and football staff of course who help you improve every day but also all the people at the training ground, the medical staff, the analysis team, the media staff, player liaison, the secretaries, the people at the stadium on match day – everyone behind the scenes who never get mentioned but make everything possible.”

A move back to the Premier League was just too tempting for Gomez who rejected two improved deals to stay at the DW Stadium.

He leaves after five years wit hmany highlights including lifting the FA Cup and scoring some fantastic goals.

“I have some amazing memories to take away,” he added. “Playing in some great matches in the Premier League, the FA Cup was an experience we will all keep for life, and to get the supporters Player of the Year this season was very special, so a big thanks to all the fans who supported me, it meant so much.

“The club did everything it could to make me stay but I think that I needed a new challenge and to have the chance of playing back in the Premier League was a great opportunity for me.

“I have had so many messages over the past weeks and I just felt it was right to take the time to explain my decision. I hope everyone understands and accepts my choice.

“Wigan Athletic will always hold a big place in my heart, a real special club – so thanks once again and good luck next season. Uwe is a really good manager, he got the dressing room buzzing again and I know he will keep the team progressing. It will be the first result I look for every week.”