Wigan stand firm on Cattermole

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ROBERTO MARTINEZ is not worried about a host of Premiership clubs interested in Lee Cattermole.

Tottenham, Sunderland and Liverpool are all said to be interested in the midfielder who has impressed while on international duty with the England squad at the European Under-21 Championship.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has already warned off any potential suitors by stating that the former Middlesbrough player is not for sale.

“I am not worried about the situation with Lee, as he is still a young man and you want that interest,” Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post.

“I want the top clubs in world football to be talking about our players and about our football club.

“I prefer that to people not talking about our players. That is always a bad sign.

“It is down to us to keep progressing and making sure we are allowing these players to remain motivated and have the incentive to continue progressing. That should be part of our growth as a club and we need players like Lee around to do that.
“It is important that Lee has his targets and keeps developing as a player, and we hope he can fulfil his potential.

“We have all seen he is a leader and someone who can go to the very top in world football. To have a player like that at your club is very exciting.”

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