McCarthy fully focused on Premier League survival

James McCarthy
James McCarthy

JAMES McCarthy is ignoring yet more speculation about his future to concentrate on keeping Wigan in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder is aware that champions Manchester United are reportedly the latest to join the lengthening list of top-flight clubs who are believed to be keeping tabs on him.

McCarthy joined the Latics from Hamilton four years ago and signed a new five-year contract in 2011 after developing into a key player for manager Roberto Martinez.

During his short time in the game he has become adept at focusing on the job in hand which, again this season, is the Latics’ survival as Wigan sit in the relegation zone, three points behind Aston Villa albeit with a game in hand.

“I don’t want to talk about speculation,” McCarthy said.

“The most important thing is to keep Wigan in the Premier League and that is all I am concentrating on.

“I am happy at Wigan, it is a great club to be at.

“I am learning all the time. Roberto Martinez and the coaching staff have been different class and there are a great bunch of boys at this club.

“We are three points adrift and there are massive games coming up but I am confident enough because our recent performances have been good.

“Against Man City we were brilliant at times but perhaps we haven’t had the rub of the green and maybe we have not been taking our chances. “So we have been putting in good performances but now we need points.

“We need a few results but we are looking forward to the challenge.”