Wanyama opens up on the exact reasons why he left Tottenham
General

Wanyama opens up on the exact reasons why he left Tottenham

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has for the first time opened up on his decision to ditch the London club. 

The Harambee Stars captain left Spurs for MLS side Montreal Impact in March, having spent slightly over three years in London.

After two impressive seasons under Mauricio Pochettino in the Spurs midfield, Wanyama dropped down the pecking order as injuries crept in to worsen the situation. 

He now admits the decision to leave him out of the Champions League final was the last straw in his Tottenham career, especially having played a key role in the semifinal against Ajax. 

“I was really, really p*ssed off not to start that game," he told The Athletic.

"And even more p*ssed off because we didn’t win. I tried to encourage those who played.

“We went back to the hotel after the game. I couldn’t sleep at all. The situation was going around in my head.

"My brother Mariga was also on the bench in a Champions League final for Inter Milan against Bayern Munich [in 2010].

"He had to sit on the bench for the full game, so he could relate and understood what I was going through.”

The 28-year-old says the club should have trusted him more after his injury, further taking as a thinly-veiled dig at Pochettino

“I was frustrated and when I came back from injury I didn’t get enough chances to play and enjoy my football,” he added.

"When I came back, the club should have trusted me and given me more chances to play again.

"I was fit and training well. I never argued with Pochettino but I wanted to speak to him. I went to his office but he was busy. I saw his assistant Jesus [Perez].

"He told me be to be patient, that my chance would come blah, blah, blah. I didn’t go to see them again. That’s why I left the club. I’m a football player and I wanted to play football.

"I love Spurs, but I love playing football more.”

Wanyama made 97 appearances across all competitions for Spurs, scoring seven goals including a stunner against Liverpool in 2018.  

  • Tottenham Hotspur - Next Match
  • 4, Mar - 6:00pm
Go to Event