Wigan boss Martinez delighted for Di Santo over imminent Argentina debut

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez is delighted for Franco di Santo over his Argentina call.

Di Santo could make his international debut in Wednesday's friendly against Saudi Arabia at the King Fahd International Stadium.

Franco di Santo is developing into a top footballer," said Martinez. "He's only 23 but he's come on a lot. Obviously being called up by Argentina and playing with the likes of Messi and Sergio Aguero is going to do him a lot of good.

"But we still know that he needs to carry on enjoying his football."

Although Martinez has complete faith in Di Santo's ability to perform effectively at the highest level, he admits to being both surprised and flattered that Sabella should look to the DW Stadium for attacking reinforcements.

"I could see it coming because I work with him every day," he said. "You get a bit biased because you know the player.

"I was a little bit surprised with the knowledge the national team coach Alejandro Sabella has shown because, to know a striker at Wigan Athletic, it shows you that they are incredibly professional in the way they follow their players.

"They've got strikers at Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona and to have a striker from Wigan Athletic with the options they've got... they've got strikers at top clubs around Europe.

"It's a real compliment to Wigan. The way we play probably attracts the interests of national team managers.

"We didn't do before and that's a real compliment. Franco deserves huge, huge credit for the achievement."

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