ROBERTO Martinez has hit out at reports that contract talks with James McCarthy have broken down – and promised ‘there will be a successful resolution’ very soon.
The national press was awash with speculation at the weekend that McCarthy was in apparent limbo – despite the fact he still has three years remaining on his present deal and is perfectly happy at Wigan.
Speaking exclusively to the Observer, Martinez has reassured Latics fans there is no problem between the club and McCarthy, who will have a key role to play in the new season which kicks off on Saturday week against Norwich City.
“Not at all, no, no,” replied Martinez when asked if there was a contract impasse.
“We have been working really hard to give the players the rewards they have deserved, and as you can imagine James is one of those players.
“I can tell you that negotiations have not broken down at all – these things just take time.
“But the talks are very much ongoing, and there will be a successful resolution. It’s not as if he is in his last year – he already has a long-term contract here.
“It’s more of a reward for the player than anything else.
“But these things come out in the national press, and sometimes you just can’t reason why that is the case.
“For the moment, though, James is focusing on his football, and we’ll let the agents focus on the financial side of things.”
Martinez, who hopes to tie up a loan move for former Wolves midfielder David Jones this week, also admitted he is running the rule over Strasbourg forward Nouha Dicko with a view to offering him a contract.
Dicko, who hails from the same area of France as Momo Diame, appeared for the first-team off the bench at Preston on Sunday, having played for a Latics XI at Barrow last week.