Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan says Chelsea are ‘taking the mickey’ in their attempt to poach winger Victor Moses.
Whelan slammed the Champions League winners for trying to lure Moses, who has just 12 months remaining on his deal at the DW Stadium.
The Nigeria international joined Wigan from Crystal Palace in 2010 but has stalled on discussions to extend his contract.
“Chelsea would need to get realistic before we would even listen to them. They made a bid at 6pm last night and we turned it down flat,” Whelan told ESPN on Tuesday.
“Roberto Martinez has brought this player on and he needs at least another year with Roberto to become a top player.
“We have offered him a new contract but it seems the agent, more than the player, wants to move him on, at least that is the impression we are getting.
“It cannot be for the player’s good. Victor Moses needs another year or two before moving to a club like Chelsea. He needs games and he won’t be first choice at Chelsea, I wouldn’t have thought.
“We don’t need to sell him with 12 months to go on his contract because he is under 24 so wouldn’t be going on a free transfer.
“Ideally we would like him to sign a new contract, or a club like Chelsea would have to be realistic. At the moment, they are taking the Mickey with the bid they’ve made.”
ESPN reported Wigan has valued Moses at close to 10 million pounds, while Chelsea’s offer was around four million pounds.