Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has again blasted Victor Moses’ proposed move to Chelsea, suggesting greedy agents are to blame.
The outspoken 75-year-old has hit out at the role of agents in turning players’ heads after this week losing Mohamed Diame to a huge offer from West Ham despite offering the midfielder a pay rise to stay.
The Latics face a similar situation with Victor Moses, who has been offered double his present salary to stay at the DW Stadium, but is wanted by European champions Chelsea.
Chelsea had an opening bid of £4million for the 21-year-old forward rejected on Monday and Whelan insists that a move would be counter-productive, with the player not guaranteed first-team football at Stamford Bridge.
Whelan also suggested that Moses owed the club and their manager, Roberto Martinez, some loyalty after nurturing the player following his move from Crystal Palace in 2010.
“We took this lad as a teenager, and everything he has he owes to Roberto Martinez and Wigan Athletic,” Whelan told the Wigan Evening Post.
“Roberto has coached him and coached him, he’s helped him through games, and he’s played him and not played him at exactly the right time.
“He’s looked after him in every single day in training, making sure he does the right things. But these lads are being told one thing now, time and time again: listen to your agent, not the manager.
“The agents are just coining in money off the backs of these lads.
“Don’t get me wrong, there are some very good agents out there – that is for sure. But there are too few of them now.
“It’s probably only one-third of them who have the game and the player at heart. As far as the other two-thirds are concerned, all they want to do is look after themselves.”
Whelan added: “If he gets the move to Chelsea, will he get to play in the first team every week? That’s what he needs at present – experience and guidance.
“He’s had nothing but that from Roberto over the years, and how the lad can even consider he won’t sign an extension, after what we’ve done for him, just frustrates you. It makes you wonder whether it’s all worth it.”
Moses’ agent, Tony Finnegan, insisted that his player does not owe Wigan, claiming that the forward had rejected Manchester City to join the Lancashire side.
“I know how these things work, but I’m not getting involved in a slanging match,” he said. “All I will say is: How did Vic end up at Wigan, when he could have gone to Manchester City? Who took him to Wigan?
“I’ve got a great relationship with Wigan, going back to Damien Francis, Nathan Ellington and Vic. They’re a great club to deal with.”