It’s closing time at the Football Transfer Tavern but just before the doors slam shut Daily Mail journalist John Edwards announces to tired punters that Wigan Athletic star James McCarthy will not be sold for at least two years.
Edwards reports over the pool table that both Arsenal and Liverpool had been showing interest in the 22-year-old but Latics boss Roberto Martinez has tonight insisted that the club will not cash in on their star midfielder.
The Spanish manager is sure that McCarthy has a bright future ahead of him but still warned interested parties that it will not happen for a while yet.
“He is already a very mature player and person, and when you consider his age, it’s quite scary to think what he can achieve,” said the Wigan manager.
“It’s rare for a player so young to have such composure on the ball, but there is even more to come. He has another two steps to go to fulfil his potential, and I can guarantee he will do that.
“It won’t be difficult hanging on to him, because he is in the perfect place at the moment, and he knows that. He will fight to win titles and play in the Champions’ League, and when he does, we will all be very proud here. But it will only happen when it is right for him and us, and that will be a few years down the line.”
The youngster actually had a trial at Anfield when he was 15 and Arsene Wenger has also been keeping track of his performances this season. The Republic of Ireland international also received high praise from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville during Monday Night Football where he tipped him for the very top.