Oman's Al Habsi: No plans to leave Wigan

Oman's Al Habsi: No plans to leave Wigan
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Oman's star footballer and Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has dismissed rumours linking him with Liverpool and insists he remains 100 per cent committed to Wigan.

Reports suggested this week that Liverpool have set their sights on the Omani with a £7million move, after their No.1 goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been reportedly linked with a January exit.

However, the 30-year-old, laughed-off by saying he is happy to stay with Latics. "I have said it many times before but I love this football club, I love the fans and I hope to give them much more,"

Al Habsi was quoted as saying in the Evening Post, yesterday. "I heard about what was said at the weekend, but that kind of thing is not of any importance to me," he said.

"I am very, very happy at Wigan - as has been the case since I first came here. I am doing well, my form is coming on with every game I play, and my confidence is very high.

Reina has had a rough time at Liverpool lately, losing soft goals and picking up regular injuries. According to reports this week, Reina is on a huge deal at Anfield but if he moves out then Rodgers wants to grab Al Habsi, a change-around that could happen in the next window or at the end of the season. But the Oman national team skipper said he wants to help Wigan. "

"All I want to do is concentrate on my job here and to help the team, because there is lots of work to be done."

Al Habsi had another fine game as Latics recorded their second Premier League win in a row at Tottenham on Saturday.

In fairness, Wigan's back three of Ivan Ramis, Gary Caldwell and Maynor Figueroa did a sterling job in keeping the home side at arm's length.

But Al Habsi's handling was faultless, and he was equal to the only real shot Spurs had when Jan Vertonghen volleyed goalwards in the first half. That means he's conceded only one goal - a stoppage-time header from West Ham's James Tomkins - in the last 300 minutes of action, including the additional half-hour of extra-time in the Capital One clash against Bradford last Tuesday. And he credits the fact he feels so at home at Wigan for his impressive performances.

"The most important thing for any professional is to enjoy what they are doing and that goes for football as much as anything," he added. "If you enjoy what you're doing then you are able to do your job right, and that has always been the case at Wigan."

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