Wigan Athletic keen to keep hold of veteran stopper

Wigan Athletic manager, Roberto Martinez, claims the club have no plans to loan out Chris Kirkland, after the keeper became second choice to summer signing, Ali Al-Habsi.

The former Liverpool and Coventry stopper was thought to have been wanted by a number of Championship clubs on loan during the summer transfer window, but Martinez wants him to stick around at the DW Stadium and fight for his place.

The Spaniard commented: “We don’t want him to go. Chris has a fighting mentality and wants to be No.1 – that’s why I want him in the dressing room.”

He added: “If he did accept being second choice it would be time to move.”

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