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Martinez heap praise on hat-trick hero Kone

Roberto Martinez says Arouna Kone is the perfect
role model for young players after the Ivorian
struck a hat-trick in the 6-2 defeat of
Sunderland .

Kone’s first hat-trick in English football was just
reward for the players’ perseverance after a
serious knee injury affected the first two years of
his career at the club having followed Martinez
from Wigan.

The Ivorian, who was booed by his own fans
when he came off the bench in the opening game
of the season, was due to be out of contract in the
summer but he has now triggered an
appearance-based clause which entitles him to
extend for a further 12 months.

“It has been as difficult as you can get. It was a
career-threatening injury,” said Martinez.

“His attitude, his focus, never changed and he
never chose to blame anyone and
anything. Against Watford, in difficult
circumstances, it was a real turning point and
from that point on he has been very impressive.

“Today was the most complete 90 minutes he has
had and it was a phenomenal 90 minutes because
it triggers an extension to his contract. He is a
sensational example to any young footballer
facing adversity.”

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