Tottenham Hotspur smashed their transfer record a few weeks ago to sign Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele (BBC) and recent reports indicate that the Lilywhites are now set to spend big on Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso (Informa Betis).
This leaves Spurs with an embarrassment of riches in central midfield with the likes of Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, and Victor Wanyama still with the club.
There has thus been speculation linking Wanyama with an exit from Spurs this summer (Daily Mail). The 28-year-old, who was in terrific form in his first season at the club after moving from Southampton in the summer of 2016, has suffered multiple injury setbacks in recent years.
Although the midfielder regained his fitness towards the end of last season, he was a long way off the form he displayed in the 2016/17 season.
However, the Kenyan has now dismissed suggestions that he is leaving the club this summer and asserted that he intends to honour his contract with Spurs.
Speaking to ESPN, Wanyama said, “I will be back in training with Hotspurs next week. I do not want to dwell much on speculations because it’s normal for a player to be linked with other clubs when the transfer window is open but I’m not going anywhere.
“I have not spoken to any other team because my aim is to remain at Spurs and to help my team next season. I have a running contract with Tottenham which I intend to honour.”
While the hard-tackling midfielder did admit that anything can happen before the end of the transfer window, he insisted that he is focussed on having an injury-free season at Tottenham.
He added, “In football, anything can happen. Things can change really quick. For now, I am on holiday, I am enjoying time with my family after a long season with the club and national team during the Africa Cup of Nations. It’s time to relax a little ahead of the new season.
“The target is to have an injury-free season. I believe in my abilities and I will always work hard to give my best in matches.”
Spurs Web Opinion
There is no doubt that a fit and firing Wanyama will be a huge asset for the squad but based on his injury record during his time in North London, the prospect of him staying fit through the whole season looks bleak. We at Spurs Web think the Kenyan is the most likely midfielder to be sold by the club this summer.
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