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Martinez rules out Figeroa move

January 8, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Wigan Atletic manager Roberto Martinez has ruled out a transfer for Honduras left-back Maynor Figueroa ahead of the World Cup this summer.

Maynor Figeroa
GettyImagesMaynor Figeroa has an important year ahead.

Martinez insists there no pressure is being applied to cut costs by chairman Dave Whelan and the focus remains on getting the most out of the squad currently at his disposal, while it would be a bad time for Figueroa to change clubs.

"We are not in a position where we have to sell," said Martinez. "I am looking to bring players in during January and I am sure we will do that but the focus just now is getting the best from players we already have.

"You won't hear me rejecting speculation about anyone coming to Wigan because we are having to look in a lot of leagues to find the right characters. For us, it is not just about signing good players, it is about making sure the personalities are perfect too. But I am certainly not looking to lose any players in January."

Indeed, Martinez feels a move now would be a mistake for the 26-year-old, and a potential distraction just six months before the World Cup begins in South Africa.

"Maynor is an exceptional footballer," said Martinez. "I would be very surprised if teams didn't want him because he is ready for big things. But this is a key moment in his career.

''The World Cup is a few months down the line and now would not be the wisest time to change. He is a young man and he has enough time to get to the highest level. For now he is staying here."