Martinez admits Wigan must stay up to keep Moses

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez concedes staying up is their best chance of keeping star Victor Moses.

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez concedes staying up is their best chance of keeping star Victor Moses.

Talks over a new improved contract are ongoing, and Martinez was optimistic they can be concluded.

"When we brought him here, we always had it in mind that Victor could fill the same role Charles (N'Zogbia) had," said the Wigan manager. "He is that same rare breed as Charles, a player who can run at defenders and take the ball past them.

"His actions in one-on-ones are sensational, and when you see him in possession, you think he could easily have been born in Holland or Spain. You don’t see many players like that in the modern game. Charles is one, Lionel Messi another, albeit on a different scale.

"Victor is growing all the time. He is taking responsibility and learning to look up and deliver the final pass, and this is turning into the biggest season of his career.

"He plays a massive role for us and is an important asset. There have been developments in the talks over a new agreement, and I am sure we are going to be able to extend his contract. He has said he wants to stay, but the situation of the club has to be resolved first. We have to secure our top-flight status, then we can do it."

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