James McCarthy assures Trap he will be in Dublin next week
Exciting Wigan midfielder James McCarthy has moved to assure Giovanni Trapattoni that he will be in Dublin next week for the upcoming friendly against Croatia.
McCarthy, along with a number of other Irish players including Anthony Stokes and Marc Wilson, upset the Irish management team by pulling out of the recent Carling Nations Cup squads.
Speaking about McCarthy, Trapattoni stated, “He assured us he will be over. He definitely wants to be a part of it. It’s all fine now.”
Trapattoni refused to be drawn when asked if McCarthy would be a started for Wednesday nights game.
Regarding James McCarthy’s club career, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez insists contract talks have not stalled and expects the Republic of Ireland international to remain at the club.
“We have been working really hard to give the players the rewards they have deserved, and as you can imagine James is one of those players,” said Martinez. “I can tell you that negotiations have not broken down at all – these things just take time.
“But the talks are very much ongoing, and there will be a successful resolution. It’s not as if he is in his last year – he already has a long-term contract here. It’s more of a reward for the player than anything else.”