Martinez backs Slick Vic to stay

Victor Moses battles for the ball with Anthony Modeste
Victor Moses battles for the ball with Anthony Modeste
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ROBERTO Martinez fully expects Victor Moses to be in Wigan Athletic blue when Chelsea visit the DW Stadium on the opening day of the campaign.

Rumours abound that Chelsea are preparing an improved offer for the 21-year-old, having had an opening bid of £3million rejected out of hand.

Latics, though, are hopeful of retaining the services of one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League.

Moses looks certain to be at the DW Stadium when Latics entertain the newly-crowned European champions on the opening weekend of the campaign - the only question is on which side.

For his part, Martinez remains unconcerned at the silly-season speculation surrounding Moses.

“We’re not going to be drawn into the media speculation,” he told the Evening Post.

“All I will say is that Victor had a tremendous season last year - particularly after Christmas – and he is still only 21.

“I’m really looking forward to Victor having a very good break and coming back refreshed and ready to go.

“His experience with Nigeria will bring him on even more, and will hopefully take him on to a different level next season.

“As I always say, the speculation is only a good thing – because when you perform well you are going to get attraction from elsewhere.”

Martinez was speaking on the first full day of pre-season training at Christopher Park, after spending the summer at the Euroscombining TV work with talent-spotting.

Moses, along with Ali Al Habsi, has been given extra time off after international commitments this summer, while Maynor Figueroa will also require his pre-season programme to be tweaked after being selected for Honduran Olympic squad.

“It’s a fitting reward for what Maynor has achieved in his football career,” gushed Martinez.

“We will be co-ordinating his work with the Olympic team - whatever it takes to ensure that his training programme fits in with what’s required.

“He will be one of the main players for Honduras and I’m very much looking forward to seeing him on the biggest stage.”