Clube fear break up of current crop.
Wigan Athletic have warned other Premier League clubs that their star players won’t be leaving on the cheap despite suffering relegation to the Championship, The Express reports.
The club already look likely to lose a number of first team regulars this summer with Antolin Alcaraz, Ronnie Stam, Franco Di Santo and Maynor Figueroa all out of contract whilst Joel Robles and Paul Scharner are on loan from Atletico Madrid and Hamburg respectively, are expected back at their parent sides.
That leaves the likes of Callum McManaman, James McCarthy and Shaun Maloney as their only assets, all of whom have been attracting significant interest over recent months.
Yet Roberto Martinez insists that their stars won’t be sold on the cheap should they be sold at all.
“No, I don’t see it that way,” he said.
“Whatever happens here, we have very talented players. You cannot stop a player from going to a different level. What you can affect is the value and timing. We are not in a position where we have to balance the books. We will never be in a position where we have to undersell our players.”
“We sold Victor Moses and Charles N’Zogbia and invested in three players. As I have said, once Manchester United sold Cristiano Ronaldo, no club in the world has a chance of retaining their players.”
Wigan will make their last stand as a Premier League side when they host Aston Villa this weekend, capping off a rollercaoster of a week that saw them become the first side to win the FA Cup and be relegated from the top flight.