Wanyama, Mourinho was not the problem at spurs

  • Until his move to Montreal Impact on February, Victor Wanyama has been in his former shadows for the last 2 years at Tottenham hotspurs after a lengthy spell of no playtime.

The Harambee Stars skipper who featured a few minutes in the Champions League in November has opened up to life at spurs. He said the problem was not with the coach but the upstairs.

“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,” Wanyama said.

The midfielder had a difficult time getting back into the Spurs’ starting team after returning from a troublesome knee injury.

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He added; “I was not given the chance to come back. They tried to frustrate me. They gave me one game after four months, or three months, so it was a little bit tough.”

Spurs tried to offload Wanyama to French top tier side Amiens in the January Transfer window on loan with an option to buy, but the terms were not attractive to the player.


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“I was frustrated. I wanted to get my happiness back, my football happiness back. That’s when the manager here, Thierry called me and asked if I wanted to play. And I said yes,” the Stars skipper disclosed.

“Most of them understood that I needed to get my happiness back and the only way to get my happiness back was to come and enjoy playing football again. I was frustrated with how I was treated and it was bad,” Wanyama said.

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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the midfielder played the entire game and laid off the assist for their lone goal as they lost 2-1 to Olimpia in a Champions League tie.

“It has been tough definitely with the lock-down as I had just started with the new team. Now we all have to train indoors, do a bit of cardio on the balcony but also maintain fitness by running through the stairs,” Wanyama said.

“Doing it alone is tough but I just pump up my headphones and get along with it. I can’t wait to get back to the pitch and do what I do best,” he added

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