Wigan midfielder James McCarthy has made it clear that he is fully committed to the club but did suggest that he would assess his future at the end of the season.
The 22-year-old has been in impressive form for the struggling Premier League side and has been an ever present, playing in all 25 games in all competitions.
Having joined Wigan from Scottish side Hamilton Academical in the summer of 2009, McCarthy's stock has continued to rise and he was particularly influential at the tail end of last season as he helped the club secure victories over Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.
The Daily Mail believes that it was his performances in these games that caught the eye of Arsenal and Liverpool who were both regularly linked with the Republic of Ireland international during the January transfer window.
McCarthy had always denied that he would be looking to join a bigger club but he has welcomed the attention and admits he may consider his future come May.
"Obviously, it's good to see your name linked with big clubs, certain clubs, it' s always nice but I am still a Wigan player and I will keep playing for Wigan until the end of the season," said McCarthy, as quoted in the Mail.
"I have been linked with clubs here and there but I will keep working hard and see what the end of the season brings."
Arsenal were linked with an £8million bid for McCarthy at the start of January but there were no offers from the north London club whose only piece of business came on the final day of the transfer window when they signed Nacho Monreal.
Liverpool have been admirers of the midfielder for some time, having handed him a trial at the age of 15, and he would perfectly suit their recent transfer policy of signing young players who offer a resale value.
However, it may well depend on whether Wigan are once again able to avoid relegation as it seems clear that McCarthy deserves to consistently play at the top level.
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