Whelan accepts Wigan will lose stars

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan admits they'll battle to keep their squad together following relegation.

The likes of Arouna Kone, James McArthur, James McCarthy, Callum McManaman and Shaun Maloney have all caught the eye in a struggling team this season and Whelan will not stand in the way of players who want to leave the club, if the money is right.

"Some of the players who want to stay in the Premier League will definitely want to move," he said.

"I can't blame them for that because it's such a fantastic place to play.

"And if the players come and say I want to go and we get the right offer, I will not stand in their way.

"Roberto is of the same opinion, we've got to be fair with players and the players have got to be fair with us."

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