Last updated 2 months ago | By Odero Charles
Victor Wanyama has thanked the Tottenham fans for their support during his stay at the club – insisting that he will always be ‘Tottenham forever’ despite his coach’s Arsenal roots.
Wanyama left Tottenham in March to complete a move to Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact managed by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
He had spent three and a half years at Tottenham following a move from Southampton back in the summer of 2016.
The 28 year-old enjoyed a seven-year stint in the Premier League but a nagging knee injury derailed his career as he fell down the pecking order.
He also found himself out of favour under Jose Mourinho with the Portuguese instead deciding to give midfield opportunities to the likes of Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko, Oliver Skipp and Gedson Fernandes.
Speaking to the MLS’ official website, Wanyama said that he will always be grateful for being given the opportunity to play for Spurs and also insisting that he will never agree with anything his coach Henry says regarding Tottenham Hotspurs and Arsenal because he will "always be Spurs."
“He’s (Henry) an Arsenal legend and a very good manager, but we’ll never agree to anything regarding Spurs and Arsenal," Wanyama told MLSsoccer.com. "I will always be Spurs through and through.
"My old teammates are fine, they’re not giving me much banter about Henry.
“If we were in England and I played for Arsenal, it’d be different. But I’ll always support Spurs, they’re not winding me up. They know I’m Tottenham forever.”
He also expressed his regret for having not won any trophy during his time at Tottenham.
“It’s sad," Wanyama said. "I felt sorry leaving like that, I’m sorry to the fans and myself after having a top team, performing at our best, but not winning anything. It’s just a shame. It’s painful to have left with nothing.”
When Wanyama was fit and firing, he was arguably one of the best number 6’s in the Premier League, as he proved during Tottenham’s final season at the Lane.
He could nullify any attack with his brute strength and ability to sense danger as the opposition tried to flood Tottenham’s defensive third.
His screamer at the Anfield was eventually voted by the Premier League and Spurs supporters’ club members as their goal of the month (February) and season respectively.