Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has revealed what Jose Moutinho told him after he took over from Mauricio Pochettino.
Mourinho had been appointed to take over the Argentine in December 2019 and according to Wanyama, he thought everything could have gone well under the Portuguese but it wasn’t the case.
“When we first met he asked me why I was not playing. I explained everything and he urged me to continue training and promised that I was going to get chances,” Wanyama said in an interview with Madgoat Tv. “I kept working hard but nothing was forthcoming.”
The midfielder further revealed that after seeing his chances limited too under Mourinho, he decided to talk to the management to allow him to move as he wanted to enjoy playing again.
“I went and talked with the management and they were very positive. There were offers from Celtic and France but I think they were asking for high fees which scared away the interested team. The window closed in Europe and all look glum until my agent asked if I could move to the MLS since their window was still open.
The player said his move to the MLS was purely on football grounds as he wanted to enjoy the game of football again and didn’t rule out a return to Europe in the future.
“I wanted to enjoy the game of football again and MLS provided that route. I had offers from Seattle (Sounders) and Montreal but after a talk with Henry (Thierry), I decided to join him. I want to enjoy the game as much as I can here and who knows, I might be back in Europe in the future,” he added.
Wanyama joined the club in April and even provided an assist in his debut. His perfect start, however, has been halted by the Covid-19 pandemic.