Scharner faces contract wait

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that talks over a new contract for Austria international Paul Scharner will have to wait until the end of the campaign.

The 30-year-old midfielder, who can also play in central defence, is a rumoured target for both Fulham and Stoke City, with his current contract running out at the end of the season.

However, Martinez says his sole focus at the moment is on making sure that the Latics avoid relegation.

The Spaniard commented:“We’re in a position where we need to stay in the Premier League and that’s our aim.

“There are six clubs fighting to avoid the remaining two relegation places and that’s not going to change until late in the campaign.

“We need to sort that out first, which is our priority, then at the end of the season we will sit down and see how Paul is feeling and we’ll make a decision.

“Paul has been here long enough, he knows the club well enough and I’m sure he’ll have the right feeling to determine his future.”

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