Tuesday Apr 07, 2020. 16:00
Kenya captain Victor Wanyama has revealed how Tottenham Hotspur tried to frustrate him during his final months with the club.
The 28-year-old defensive midfielder left the English Premier League club for Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact early last month.
Wanyama, who spent almost four years with Spurs, explained that he was never given a fair to play after recovering from an injury.
“Most of them 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,” Wanyama told CBC News.
“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.
“I was not given the chance to come back.”
The former Southampton FC midfielder refused to blame Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho for his lack of game time at the club.
“The first thing [Jose 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,” he added.
“They tried to frustrate me. They gave me one game after four months, or three months, so it was a little bit tough.”
Wanyama left Tottenham having made 69 appearances in the Premier League and scored six goals.