Martinez denies quit claims

PA Sport

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed speculation that he is ready to quit the club this summer.

It was claimed Martinez had reached an agreement with chairman Dave Whelan that he would leave the DW Stadium, regardless of whether the Latics win their relegation fight.

However, after Wednesday evening's momentous 1-0 win over Manchester United, Martinez claimed the stories were not true, and said: "I heard that and was very surprised. You wonder where that rumour is coming from."

He added: "At this stage of the season there is a real fight amongst the bottom five, you feel stories can upset clubs internally.

"There is nothing true about it. I signed a new deal in the summer for an extra two years.

"That was my conversation with the chairman and nothing has changed since."

Martinez was desperate to ensure the "loose rumour" did not destabilise his side ahead of such an important game.

Wigan did his job perfectly as his side climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time since October thanks to Shaun Maloney's curling strike four minutes after half-time.

"The most important thing for me are the next five games and making sure we all give our lives for Wigan to retain their status in the Premier League," he said.

"The rumour is unfounded. There is nothing to deny about it."

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