McClean drops biggest hint he’ll leave Latics

James McClean

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JAMES McClean has issued the strongest hint yet that he will be leaving Wigan Athletic this summer.

The Republic of Ireland international has been the subject of feverish transfer speculation for much of the past few months – even before Wigan’s relegation was confirmed last month. McClean has recently been holidaying in America, prompting rumours of a switch to the MLS, with New York and Orlando believed to be interested in his services.

If the right move came along, I’d jump at the chance

James McClean

He has now returned to his homeland ahead of Ireland’s friendly with England on June 7 as well as a massive Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland six days later.

And judging by his tone when speaking to a local radio station, it seems to be a question of when – not if – he departs the DW. “I’ve just turned 26, so this next move is going to be the most crucial of my career,” McClean said.

“I’m fortunate to have quite a number of options, but I’m just enjoying my time back home and letting the people that take care of that stuff do their job.

“For me, it’s been a long time since I had a good break back home, and I’ve been doing that. Whatever will be will be.

“There won’t be any rushed decisions, but I share the same ambition as any player – I want to play at the top level. If that was the case, and I got the chance to go back to the Premier League, then great.

“If the right move came along, I’d jump at the chance.”

McClean was one of the rare bright spots of a campaign which saw Latics relegated to League One.

“It’s been a car-crash season,” he said.