Victor Wanyama has made it clear that he does not blame Jose Mourinho for his Tottenham Hotspur exit.
The Kenyan international left Tottenham in January, joining MLS side Montreal Impact on a free transfer after falling down the pecking order at Spurs.
It came amid a series of injury problems for the midfield dynamo. Many felt that, perhaps, it was Mourinho who finally pushed Wanyama out the door.
However, speaking to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Wanyama made it clear that the problems he faced at Tottenham had begun long before Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino. He also appeared to suggest he was pushed toward the exit door by those at the top end of the club, such as chairman Daniel Levy.
“The first thing [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.
“I was not given the chance to come back (after injury). They tried to frustrate me. They gave me one game after four months, or three months, so it was a little bit tough.”
It certainly sounds as if Wanyama was left frustrated by the way he was treated at Tottenham. Injuries certainly dampened his experiences at Spurs and he had played just four times for Tottenham this season, following on from the 24 and 22 games he managed in 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively.
Whilst Wanyama may have felt as though the call was coming from top brass to keep him out of the Tottenham first-team it would be fair to say that his time at Spurs had reached its natural conclusion.
Wanyama’s form had dipped whilst injury troubles made it hard for the club to rely on him being a regular fixture in the Tottenham first-team.
Hopefully, the Kenyan can find better luck and form once the MLS season gets back underway.