Despite the transfer window shutting at the end of January for countries across Europe, Victor Wanyama was able to make a move to Montreal Impact in March.
The 28-year-old had been plying his trade in the Premier League for the past seven seasons, as well as another two in Scotland with Celtic before that (Wikipedia).
Wanyama played a total of 97 games for Spurs, scoring seven goals, while being a vital cog in the midfield machine during the club’s title pushes between 2016 and 2018.
However, while the Kenyan made 47 appearances in the 2016/17 season for Spurs, he only managed four games during this campaign (Wikipedia).
After a long-term injury, Wanyama found himself frozen out by Pochettino, while he was never afforded more than a few minutes under Jose Mourinho.
Wanyama has only been able to make one appearance for his new club before the coronavirus pandemic, when he featured in the CONCACAF Champions League defeat to Honduran outfit Olimpia (transfermarkt) and he has now opened up on his frustrating final season with Spurs.
He said (CBC): “Most of them [people in Kenya] 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 [at Tottenham] and it was bad.
“I lost a little bit of passion. For me to lose passion? I’m the guy that loves the game. I was so frustrated and I just wasn’t happy.
“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.
“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.
“I was frustrated. I wanted to get my happiness back, my football happiness back. That’s when the manager here, Thierry [Henry] called me and asked if I wanted to play. And I said yes.”
The Spurs star apparently even offered to drop down to the reserves in order to prove himself, but the club were not interested.
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