Omani Ali Al-Habsi eyes Wigan Athletic stay
By staff - Thu May 19, 9:04 pm
Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi is hoping to continue his fruitful association with Wigan Athletic.
Al-Habsi has spent the last season on loan with the Latics and, from a personal perspective, has had a successful season despite the club’s precarious position in the Premier League.
The 29-year-old Omani international has revealed he has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of regular first-team action and that he no longer wants to be a number two at his parent club Wanderers.
He has thanked Latics boss Roberto martinez for giving him the opportunity to paly regular football and has not ruled out the possibility of staying at the DW Stadium next season.
Speaking to the Wigan Evening Post, Al-Habsi said: “It has been a wonderful year for me at Wigan, and I thank everyone involved with the club for making me feel so welcome here.
“You can only play your best football when you are happy off the field, and that has certainly been the case. I would love to stay with Wigan, but who knows what will happen in the future?
Al-Habsi’s comments came on the back of him winning the club’s player of the season award last night, but he pointed out that a hard game awaits the Latics at Stoke as they seek to preserve their Premier League status.
He added: “All we are focused on at the moment is Sunday’s game with Stoke, which is one of the biggest games in our history.
“If we can win that and secure our Premier League status, then we can all start to look forward to next season.”
A permanent move to the DW Stadium could well rest on which division the Latics are playing in next season and what role Wanderers boss Owen Coyle envisages him playing in the near future.