De Ridder leaves Wigan for loan spell with Israeli outfit Hapoel Tel Aviv

20 January 2010 11:39
Leaving the Latics: De Ridder

Daniel De Ridder has given up hope of forcing his way into Roberto Martinez's plans at Wigan and is heading to Hapoel Tel Aviv on loan.

The deal will go through today (Wednesday) after the Israeli side agreed to pay a £180,000 fee just to take him on loan for the rest of the season.

De Ridder followed manager Steve Bruce to Wigan from Birmingham in the summer of 2008 but made just five Barclays Premier League starts in his first 12 months, prior to the former Manchester United defender leaving to take over at Sunderland.

He fared even worse under Martinez and has failed to make a single appearance this season.

The Dutch winger, a Hebrew speaker whose mother is Israeli, sees the switch to Hapoel as a chance to revive his career and put himself in the shop window for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.

'To begin with, I had a very positive feeling about the offensive intent of our new manager, Roberto Martinez, but my chance has not come,' he said. 'If I want to play this season, a move looks to be the right solution.' 

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Source: Daily_Mail