Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has provided Celtic fans with a bleak update on the Victor Wanyama situation.
Plenty of journalists including Clyde 1’s Alison Conroy has claimed that any deal taking Wanyama to Celtic can be dismissed. This comes after Sky Sports reported earlier today that the Kenyan was the subject of talks between the Hoops and Spurs.
Yet, despite all of the speculation, we had yet to hear any official word from either of the club’s representatives. Mourinho has put that right in recent hours.
Speaking to the press in comments published by Football.London, the Spurs manager has stated that no offers have come in for Victor and that the player himself hasn’t demanded a move.
“If he is not playing it is because in my eyes, and that is always different but in the end always the head coach that makes the decisions. In my eyes I see more the team going to the future with Winks, English, young, national team players. I see more the team going in that direction.
“So it is not easy for Victor. But staying with us, if he stays and normally he stays, working hard like he does every day, untouchable on his commitment and professionalism. If he stays with us he is always on my plans.
“At this moment we don’t have any offers, we don’t have Victor knocking on our door asking for understanding in a situation to leave.”
Wanyama effectively being told he won’t play
Mourinho claims that, should he stay, Wanyama is in his plans. Yet moments before he claims that he’s taking the team in a different direction. He names the likes of Harry Winks and states that he sees the team looking towards the future.
If that’s not a reason for Wanyama to try and get out then who knows what is. He won’t play regularly at Spurs, that much is clear. In fact, since Mourinho was appointed back in late November, Wanyama has played only nine minutes and hasn’t made a single Premier League squad (Transfermarkt).
There’s absolutely no evidence to believe that Wanyama is going to be a big part of Mourinho’s plans if he stays in London. In order to progress his career, he could join Celtic and be part of our charge to 10-in-a-row. As well as that, he would have the platform of playing in Europe during the second half of the season.
It’s disappointing to hear these comments from the Spurs boss. It’s clear there haven’t been any talks today regarding the Kenyan. The Daily Record have also reported that they don’t believe Celtic have made an approach either.
In what started as a potential blockbuster day for the club, it looks like it’s all been smoke and mirrors. That’s not to say we won’t do a deal, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be for big Vic.
We’ll all have some slight hope that something changes over the next eight hours or so. We just won’t be holding our breath.