With manager Mauricio Pochettino’s words about wanting to rebuild the Tottenham Hotspur first team group with a squad to match the quality of our new stadium and lose the tag over being overachievers, midfielder Victor Wanyama has long been linked with a potential departure from the club this summer.
In an earlier interview this summer, the 28-year-old appeared to contradict the speculation stating that he was available as he spoke confidently about using this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament as a ‘springboard’ to get back to his best in 2019/20 after his injury issues in more recent times.
Despite the speculation continuing, Wanyama has now doubled down on his earlier words in a recent interview with ESPN and despite the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele, Wanyama spoke about his intention to ‘honour’ his contract at the club and although he acknowledged things can change quickly in football, he didn’t sound like he expected anything to happen.
“I will be back in training with Spurs next week. I do not want to dwell much on speculations because it’s normal for a player to be linked with other clubs when the transfer window is open but I’m not going anywhere. I have not spoken to any other team because my aim is to remain at Spurs and to help my team next season. I have a running contract with Tottenham which I intend to honour. But in football anything can happen. Things can change really quick. For now, I am on holiday, I am enjoying time with my family after a long season with the club and national team during the Africa Cup of Nations. It’s time to relax a little ahead of the new season. The target is to have an injury free season. I believe in my abilities and I will always work hard to give my best in matches.”
As always at this time of year, we’ll simply have to see what happens by the time the transfer window shuts.