Martinez staying at Wigan

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WIGAN Athletic fans tonight received the best possible news of the summer - Roberto Martinez is staying put.

The Spaniard’s future has been the subject of frenzied speculation since the end of last season, with managerless Liverpool and Aston Villa both reportedly making him their No.1 target.

However, Martinez has turned down the chance to succeed Kenny Dalglish at Anfield after a week of mulling over the offer from Fenway Sports Group.

And Villa never even got out of the starting blocks with their attempts to lure him to the Midlands, as the 38-year-old signalled his intention to continue his great work at the DW.

Martinez has spent much of the day over in Jersey with chairman Dave Whelan, discussing future plans for the club.

It’s believed the conversation touched on transfer budget for the new season as well as the club’s proposed new training complex at Christopher Park.

And Martinez was sufficiently convinced by what he heard to nail his blue-and-white colours to the mast.

Whelan also confirmed there will be no new deal on the table, merely a continuation of the three-year contract he signed last summer.

“Roberto moves into the second year of the deal previously agreed,” Whelan said.