JORDI Gomez admits friendships will go out of the window for 90 minutes tomorrow when Latics travel to South Wales to take on top-flight new-boys Swansea.
Latics will make history by taking part in the first Premier League match to be played outside England at the Liberty Stadium.
It’ll be a new experience for all the Latics players apart from Gomez, who spent a hugely-successful year on loan with the Swans before following Roberto Martinez to Wigan two summers ago.
And the 26-year-old can’t wait to return to his former stomping ground – albeit this time in enemy colours.
“I had a great time at Swansea, and it was the first game I looked for when the fixture list came out,” Gomez told the Evening Post.
“I still speak to some of the players, we keep in touch.
“In fact most of the players are still there from when I played, and they play the same good football as we did.
“I enjoyed my time there, the life was good, and I have only good memories for my time there.
“It’ll be nice to go back there, but now I am with Wigan and I will be doing everything I can to help us win the game.”
Much of the groundwork for Swansea’s promotion last term occured during Roberto Martinez’s spell in change, and Gomez is delighted to have played a small part along the way.
“Obviously they got promoted last season and they are delighted to be in the Premier League,” he recognised.
“A lot of great work has been done over the last two years and it’s great to be able to play against them now.
“When I was there, the aim was always to get into the Premier League within three or four years, and they’ve finally done it.
“It’s always difficult for a new team coming up, but they have a settled side and I think they can do very well.”
While Martinez could well get a mixed reaction from the fans who once idolised him, Gomez should be okay having returned to parent club Espanyol before signing for Wigan.
“I always had a good relationship with the fans, but I don’t know what will happen tomorrow – hopefully they’ll be good to me for what I did while I was there,” the playmaker added.
“The fans are very good at Swansea. It’s a great stadium – small, but nice – and they make it very difficult for opposition teams.
“But we go into every game looking to win, and that will be no different tomorrow.”