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Wigan chairman Whelan hopes Martinez decision will convince players to stay

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan believes Roberto Martinez's decision to reject Aston Villa will have a knock-on effect for their players.

Whelan hopes Martínez's decision will encourage several Wigan players to follow suit and reject approaches for their services this summer.

"He is so popular with the players that it could influence a lot of them to stay," said the Wigan chairman, who admitted: "Roberto has to sell a player to buy a player.

"I'm not going to put Wigan into too much debt."

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