Mauricio Pochettino’s admiration for midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama has never been in question; from buying him from Celtic, their time at Southampton and now at Tottenham.
The 25-year-old, who completed an £11m move from Southampton last month, started training at Spurs, a club he will spend a fair bit of the next five years.
Nicknamed the ‘Beast’, Wanyama says he is more than happy to work under Pochettino, the man who gave him the biggest breakthrough in his professional life.
“We have a good relationship because I trusted the manager when he brought me here. He really helped me to settle in. He is a good coach; he’s not only a good manager but also a great man outside of football.
“He helps his players whenever he can. As a footballer, I just appreciate what he has done for me and everyone else at the club (Southampton). It is my forward to yet another phase in life.”
Pochettino may have come calling last season for the Kenyan captain, though he couldn’t have it his way back then. However Wanyama is thrilled that the two will be working together again and playing at the biggest stage of club football, the UEFA Champions League.
“I have said it before, he (Pochettino) is very professional. He has a great philosophy of how to play football, and you can see that in how his teams plays. It was good working under him. It will be greater working under him again,” explained.
Wanyama, recalls how the Argentine coach despite having an interpreter at back at Southampton, he always tried to speak in English the message he wanted to pass.
“He liked to speak to us directly, which is a very good thing for football players. You know the football message is one that everybody understands – it’s maybe not as difficult as talking in a press conference,” he concluded the one time Manchester United, die hard, Saints and now spurs fans, albeit the former two are by default.
Spurs, third last season get their 2016-2017 campaign underway away to Everton when the new season kicks off next month.
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