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Martinez keen on keeping Al Habsi

30 Sep 2010 15:30:41

Martinez keen on keeping Al Habsi

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has indicated he would like to maintain the services of goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi in the long-term.The Oman international, on loan from Bolton, is set to start his seventh successive game on Saturday when Wolves arrive at the DW Stadium.Al Habsi, 28, who has replaced Chris Kirkland, kept a clean sheet in the draw against Birmingham last week.The former trainee fireman used to train at dawn in Oman after finishing his shifts in an attempt to become a professional footballer.Al Habsi has brought that work ethic to Wigan, according to Martinez, after starting out at Lyn Oslo.Martinez said: "We are all pleased Ali is with us and we will try to keep him here as long as we can. He has been a breath of fresh air since he came in. He loves his football and has high standards. It is very rare that a foreign player has real knowledge of the Premier League but Ali has developed that during his time in England."


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