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Martinez explains turning down Villa for Wigan stay: They brought me to England

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has explained turning down the job at Aston Villa.

He met with chairman Dave Whelan on Friday and agreed a new and improved deal at the club, taking him to the end of the 2013/14 season.

"Wigan Athletic means everything to me," he declared to the Wigan Evening Post.

"This club brought me to English football first and foremost and from then on I developed a very strong relationship with the fans and obviously I have a great relationship with the chairman.

"Wigan Athletic is a unique football club; it's a club that defies the odds; it's a club that follows people's dreams.

"You look back to 1995 and the first thing the chairman said is he wants to build a new stadium and he wanted Wigan Athletic in the Premier League and I don't think many people believed him then.

"Then here we are with that dream and that is what football is all about."

He added: "Wigan Athletic will always be in my heart.

"One day Wigan Athletic will have had enough of me but at the moment I still feel I need to do certain things for the football club and I haven't done them and until I do that it will be a privilege to be the manager."

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