Sheffield Wednesday: Damian Martinez wants to stay

Damian Martinez

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Damian Martinez, on-loan from Arsenal, says he wants to stay at Hillsborough.

The 21-year-old Argentine, who has made five appearances for the Owls, joined on an initial one-month deal in October before extending it to 1 January.external-link

"I love Wednesday. I really want to stay here and extend my contract," Martinez told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"I spoke to Arsenal and I said I will not be going back to the club as first choice so I need to play."

Stuart Gray's side currently lie 22nd in the Championship, but just one point off safety, having failed to win any of their opening 12 matches of the season.

In the 1-0 victory over Watford on Saturday, the side managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time in 19 games, dating back to 4 May when they defeated Middlesbrough 2-0 on the last day of last term.

The Argentina Under-20 international has kept former England keeper Chris Kirkland out of the first XI and is confident of helping Wednesday climb out of trouble.

"I want to give my team clean sheets and that is what all goalkeepers want," he said.

"I was giving everything in training and then I got a chance to play in the first team and show every game that I can be the number one.

"I want this club to get out of the relegation zone. I know we can do it because we have good players and we are working hard for it."

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