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Moses full of praise for Wigan Athletic boss Martinez

Victor Moses has paid tribute to his former manager at Wigan Athletic, as he prepares to make his debut for Chelsea on Saturday.

The 21-year-old was signed by Roberto Martinez in January 2010, when the Latics coach paid around £2.5million to take him from Crystal Palace. Moses went on to become a key figure of the first team at the DW Stadium, making a total of 73 league appearances.

With his contract entering its final 12 months this summer, the forward had been heavily linked with a move to a Premier League rival. Chelsea was always thought to be his first choice of destination, and the Blues snapped him up for £9million last month.

Moses, who represented England in four age groups but opted to play for Nigeria at full international level, is due to make his debut for the European champions against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. And whilst he is no doubt looking forward to this, he has taken the time to pay tribute to his mentor at Wigan.

“I feel like I am back home - I feel excited to be here again - but it has been good being away,” the forward told the Daily Mirror. "Playing at Wigan developed my character. Roberto Martinez is a great manager and he loves to play football.

“Having a manager like him encourages you to play the football in the right way and carry yourself in a more professional way. It was great working with him. Even last month, Roberto was always talking to me to get the transfer speculation out of my head. He just wanted me to concentrate on the football.”

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