Report: The reason why Victor Wanyama snubbed Spurs exit last season

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur paid Southampton just £11 million to bring Victor Wanyama to North London in June 2016 (BBC).

The midfielder enjoyed a stunning first season at White Hart Lane where he was arguably one of the club’s most impressive players when he featured 36 times in the Premier League  and scoring four goals in the process.

In the two season’s since, Wanyama has managed Premier League 18 appearances in 2017/18 followed by 13 during the last top flight campagn after experiencing two seasons which have been ruined by a persistent knee injury (Standard).

The Daily Mail report that Wanyama had the chance to leave Tottenham last season to join a club on the continent but shelved the offer in order to qualify for a British passport, which he will be eligble for after being a resident in the United Kingdom for the past six years.

Wanyama, who played every minute of Kenya’s three African Cup of Nations matches will collect his passport in the upcoming weeks and is being tipped to leave Spurs ahead of the new season.

There is said to be interest in his services from Premier League clubs but no enquiries have been made to date.

Opinion

The arrival of Tanguy Ndombele will make Wanyama’s chances of regular first-team football hard to come by next season.  A fresh start could just be what the powerful midfielder needs to get his career back on track.

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