Victor Wanyama lifts lid on exit from Tottenham Hotspur
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has revealed the reason behind his decision to leave the club and join MLS outfit Montreal Impact. In an interview with CBC (h/t Evening Standard), the Kenyan international has claimed that the club hierarchy was to blame for his exit last month.
Wanyama had joined our club from fellow Premier League outfit Southampton in 2016. The midfielder had grown into a key member of the side in his first couple of seasons. But regular injuries meant that he had fallen down the pecking order.
Wanyama managed just four appearances in 2019/20, before opting to leave the club, linking up with MLS outfit Montreal Impact. And the 28-year-old has now lifted the lid on the circumstances that led to his exit from the club. Speaking to CBC, Wanyama said:
“The first thing [Mourinho] told me, he was wondering why I wasn’t playing. I have to be playing. The problem wasn’t with the coach if you ask me. The problem was a little bit upstairs and they didn’t give me a chance.”
The Kenyan midfielder further added that the club hierarchy never really gave him a proper chance to come back and re-establish himself in the first-team, which led to him getting frustrated. So, when the call came from Montreal Impact manager Thierry Henry, Wanyama jumped at the opportunity (h/t Evening Standard).
The 28-year-old midfield enforcer left Tottenham after having made 97 appearances, in which he scored 7 goals and assisted one more.
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Wanyama, in his first season with us, showed how dominant he can be. But recurring knee injuries meant that the 28-year-old destroyer struggled to force a way back into the team. The Kenyan is yet to make his MLS debut with the competition suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.