Wednesday Mar 29, 2017. 13:30
Kenya and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has hailed his new manager Mauricio Pochettino, saying he's a manager who also teaches you about life.
The Harambee Stars skipper revealed why he did not hesitate to reunite with his manager at White Hart Lane.
Wanyama completed his switch from Southampton in July 2016, three seasons after Pochettino had signed him ahead of the 2014/15 season.
Wanyama’s performances have made him an instant favourite in his first season at Spurs as he formed a formidable partnership alongside Mousa Dembele in the midfield engine room.
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“Mauricio has improved my game in all aspects, everything,” he said to the club’s official website.
“It’s not just football; in life as well I’ve learned a lot of things. He’s been able to teach me a lot inside and outside football, how to live with people, how to be humble.
“I’ve learned a lot of things through him and I don’t just see him as a manager but as a father figure.
“I looked at where the Club was heading and with the manager; I knew I couldn’t go wrong. I know he builds for the future and wants to fight for everything. I couldn’t resist that.”
Wanyama moved to Celtic in 2011 as he helped them to two Scottish titles and scored in a famous win in the Champions League against Barcelona in November 2012, before joining Mauricio at Southampton in July 2013.
“I’d never had a manager, who wants you to improve day by day like him. He works on your weakness, he’s a good role model and he doesn’t just look at football, but life in general,” adds the international.
“He teaches you about life, how to live with people and that was amazing to me. We worked hard and after a while, you could see the difference because in the games I felt like the games were easier and we could run for 100 minutes because we were fitter. It worked well for us.”