Saturday, 22 October 2011

Wigan put Hugo contract talks on hold


Wigan have put Hugo Rodallega's contract talks on hold and told him to concentrate on firing them out of danger.

The Colombian hitman's deal is up in the summer and several Premier League rivals are sniffing around.

But the Latics are so desperate for points they are gambling on delaying a deal until they sort out their shocking early season form that has seen them drop to second bottom.

And they hope match winner Rodallega can help lift them up the table. He made a return from a knee injury in the defeat by Bolton last week and starts at Newcastle today.

And boss Roberto Martinez revealed: ``We’re still talking. We’ve got a very good relationship with his agent, who is in Columbia, so it’s sometimes difficult to have continuity in our talks.

``It depends on when his agent is around but we have a very good relationship and Hugo has been focused on regaining his fitness and now he’s fully-fit and excited to enjoy his football once more.

``But it’s important that we focus on getting a positive result on the pitch and then all of the individual results will be resolved.

``The team is the most important thing and then all of the individual issues will be resolved.

``He’s very important to us and he’s still developing as a young man.

``We all know he’s got the potential to play at any club in world football so we need to enjoy him while he’s with us.''

Martinez is banking on Rodallega adding some needed spark to a Wigan team which has scored just one goal in four away games.

He added: ``He can play in two or three different positions and he’s played with that tactical variation for a few seasons now.

``When you’ve got players like that it gives you a different pattern in your attacking play and that’s important because being unpredictable is the biggest structure in your attacking play and he brings you that.

``His link up play is very good and he gives us great balance. He’s got experience at international level and nothing fazes him. He scored one of the most important goals in the history of the club to help us avoid relegation as well.

``All these things give you a real sense of arrogance that you need in a footballer and Hugo represents all that.''

Martinez was planning to get Martinez some help in the summer but failed with a bid to land Newcastle striker Demba Ba.

He added: ``He was out of our price range. He was in Marks and Spencer and I normally shop on the internet.''

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