Martinez holds Moses hope
Wigan manager says winger should be proud of Chelsea interest
Last Updated: August 17, 2012 12:56pm
Victor Moses: Set to play against Chelsea despite being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge
Roberto Martinez would like to keep Victor Moses at Wigan 'for many years to come' and has no worries about selecting the winger to face Chelsea on Sunday.
Chelsea are interested in signing the 21-year-old and Latics chairman Dave Whelan has admitted he would be prepared to sell, but only if their valuation of around £9million is met.
Wigan's first Premier League game of the season is a home game against the Blues this weekend and a dazzling display by Moses could convince the London club to make an acceptable bid.
But Martinez has not thought about keeping Moses under wraps and says the youngster should be pleased to have attracted such attention.
"For Victor it's been an exciting summer," he said.
"I spoke with him and told him he should be very proud, as a footballer at 21, to get the interest he has had. It's something to be happy and extremely proud about and is a football compliment.
"But, if you don't meet a valuation, it becomes paper talk and speculation. He is a young man and he knows what he did from December to the end of the season was a great level of performance.
"He can take it on to the next level and I am very excited to have Victor at Wigan, and I hope we can keep him for many years to come.
"Victor is fit and available for the squad and that's what matters."
Transfer sagas such as the one involving Moses may not be resolved one way or the other until the end of August, and Martinez feels there should be a change so that the window is only open during the off-season.
He said: "I don't like it, I have expressed many times that I don't agree with the transfer window going on while there are official games.
"I have always said that. I do feel there is a need for a transfer window, it is beneficial, but I don't think it helps when it is open when you are playing official games.
"It happens everywhere, it gives you uncertainty and I don't think that helps the game. The players are footballers but they are human beings."