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Roberto Martinez insists Wigan's Premier League survival is his only concern.

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Roberto Martinez: Not thinking about sum

Roberto Martinez: Not thinking about sum

Roberto Martinez swerved talk of his own future on Friday morning, with the Wigan manager insisting his team's Premier League survival was his only concern.

Despite sitting just three points above the drop zone, Athletic are considered by many to be a sure bet to stay up ahead of their final two games against Blackburn and already relegated Wolves.

That comes as a result of a stellar run of form which yielded memorable wins over Liverpool, Manchester United and most recently Newcastle, with an unfortunate defeat at Chelsea sandwiched in the middle.

And if results go their way this weekend, Wigan could be safe with a point against Blackburn on Monday, something which led chairman Dave Whelan to once again publicly state his admiration of his manager and tell him he was free to leave and better himself in the summer should he so wish.

But speaking on Friday, Martinez was not prepared to discuss his own options, as well as those of some of his key players such as James McCarthy and Victor Moses.

"It's not my concern at all," he said.

"What we want is to get that attention, because in the football business, if you are a footballer and you get attention it is because you or your team are doing something well, and that's a real pleasure for everyone at Wigan Athletic so I'm not too concerned at all.

"All I want is the players to keep developing, enjoying their football, pushing Wigan close to achieving our aim and making sure everyone gets recognition from the outside.

"That's something that pleases me. The players have been true ambassadors for this football club and they deserve any credit that comes their way."

Whelan has often declared that he believes the Spanish boss could manage one of Europe's leading clubs and, although there has been no suggestion of that happening yet, admiring glances have been cast in Wigan's direction.

Their 4-0 dismantling of Newcastle last weekend followed on from their stylish victory at Arsenal, and Martinez can see why his players have won a new army of fans.

Despite that, though, he has warned them that plenty of hard work lies ahead over the next nine days.

"I know that we've been attracting a lot of attention from the outside because of the results but we've done nothing this season - yet," he added.

"We need to achieve staying in this division, that's all we want to do and for us to speak about individuals or what could happen is just such a dangerous field.

"We know what we have to do is concentrate on ourselves and the next two games and until May 13 that's the only thing that matters within the football club."

Always considered a passing side under Martinez, Wigan have added flair and more importantly goals to their play over recent weeks.

Moses has led the line - scoring twice against Newcastle - and has stated his future will become clearer once his manager's does.

For Martinez, that is a sign of the togetherness he has helped create at the DW Stadium

"I get satisfaction seeing the players enjoying their football and seeing the players showing such a unity and such a collective on the pitch," he said.

"That's down to their hard work and their application in training. That's a real feeling of satisfaction, I think we've been growing as a team, developing strong partnerships and competition in the squad and that's what allows you to be competitive on matchdays."

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