VICTOR Moses’ protracted move to Chelsea finally went through at the weekend – with the blessing of his former colleagues at Wigan.
Latics rejected four bids from the European champions before accepting their full asking price of £9m.
And skipper Gary Caldwell says the 21-year-old will always be welcome back at the DW, where he enjoyed two-and-a-half largely successful seasons.
“He is a young player with fantastic potential, and we hope he does really well at Chelsea,” Caldwell said.
“But as a club ourselves, we have to move on, and this is an opportunity for other players to come in and keep the club moving forward.
Boss Roberto Martinez added: “Victor leaves with our blessing. He has done everything he could to help our club, and with that he helped his career.
“He arrived aged 19 and you get really attached to him, but I think this group of players are desperate to fulfil his responsibility and his boots.
“There are a few players that are desperate to take that role, and you’re going to see a lot of players given an opportunity to show what they can do.”