ROBERTO Martinez says he’ll use this week’s training camp in Sweden to sit down with Mauro Boselli and thrash out the striker’s future.
The Argentinian returned to Wigan yesterday morning just in time to jet out for the club’s annual trip to Scandinavia, with a huge question mark over his future.
Boselli scored only one goal for Latics following his £6million arrival from Estudiantes last summer – a Carling Cup effort against Swansea – and spent the second half of last season on loan at Italian outfit Genoa.
Quotes attributed to Boselli surfaced at the end of last week claiming a return to his former side Estudiantes was on the cards, while a number of other clubs including Nice are thought to be monitoring the situation.
And the Wigan boss is determined to find out how the land lies as quickly as possible.
He told the Evening Post: “Mauro and I will be sitting down this week, and having a good chat about the future and the best options for all parties.
“I want to see how he is physically and how he responds to training.
“At the moment, staying at Wigan Athletic is a possibility – and a very strong possibility at that.
“There has been a lot of communication, a lot of talking and a lot of speculation about his future but, at the moment, that’s all it is.
“I wanted to sit down with Mauro face to face this week, to listen to his experiences in Italy and see how feels about the future.
“When I’ve done that, we’ll take it from there.”
It’s understood Genoa aren’t interested in following up the possibility of making Boselli’s loan deal permanent after he managed just two goals for them – a header against Inter Milan and a last-gasp winner against local rivals Sampdoria.
Despite a tortuous 12 months, however, Martinez believes the 26-year-old’s stock remains high on account of his proven track record in South American football.
“You are always going to get interest in Mauro, because of his past achievements,” Martinez added.
“He is still very young, and his reputation in the game remains intact. He is an out-and-out goalscorer, and a very important asset.
“The Premier League is a very tough league with specific demands, but Mauro still has three years remaining on his contract and at the moment his future lies with us.
“I want to see Mauro back out there, doing what he does best – which is scoring goals.
“If he can do that here, great. If not, then we’ll have to take more of a longer-term view of his future.
“We are looking for the best solution for both him and for Wigan Athletic.”
Latics will play just one game during their Sweden tour, a friendly against a local XI on Friday.