Gohouri's debt to Martinez

05 May 2010 07:13
A charateristic so often missing from modern day footballers but Steve Gohouri has no doubt won over a lot of Wigan fans with recent weeks as he has put in three excellent performances for the club. Now, he has shown true humility as he has thanked Roberto Martinez and Wigan Athletic for helping to rescue his career when he felt he was 'dead to the game'. The 27 year old Ivorian defender is now hopeful of a trip to this summers World Cup to play alongside Kolo Toure and Didier Drogba for Sven Goran Eriksson's team. He is also hopeful of earning a new deal with the Latics. He said: "No matter what happens regarding the World Cup, what Roberto Martinez and the chairman did for me, giving me this chance is immeasurable. "Last June, coming back from a stage with the national team, I got malaria and I was almost dead to the game. Almost no one knows it, because my agent was there for me every second and protected me, if Wigan really want me I will sign for them because I owe a lot to them. "Today I just want to go out and give back to Wigan and those who have always believed in me, a little of what they gave me." Speaking about the World Cup, the powerful centre back added: "I'll do everything to stay in the Premier League, and the World Cup is a dream of any top footballer. "I want to realise this dream, Mr Eriksson will choose his players and I want to be part of that." CLICK HERE FOR THE MESSAGEBOARD