Victor Wanyama confirms his plans for next season after admitting he wants Celtic move
Victor Wanyama has confirmed that he’ll be staying with CF Montreal next season after previously admitting he wanted to return to Celtic.
Wanyama spoke in an interview with Football Scotland last week where he stated he hoped he would one day return to Parkhead.
However, the towering Kenyan is contracted to MLS club Montreal until December 2022 [Transfermarkt]. And it appears that despite the fact he craves a Parkhead move in the future, he isn’t ready to give up on the MLS club just yet.
He’s been asked to clarify his stance on his future after the Celtic comments came up last week. As quoted by TVA Sports, the former Southampton and Spurs midfielder said the following:
“I still have a contract here, I love the club and I just want to focus on our task. I will be here next season too.
“We are happy to have another chance (of reaching the CONCACAF Champions league). Plus, it’s great to be able to play in the Champions League against Latin American teams. I believe that if we go back, we will be able to do better because we have the experience compared to the last time.”
Victor Wanyama eyeing up his future with Montreal despite Celtic comments
Interesting to see that Wanyama isn’t eyeing up an immediate Celtic move just yet. Either that or he’s trying to be as diplomatic as possible in the face of Canadian media. Even so, the message here is pretty clear – he’s going nowhere in the summer.
The comments appear to suggest that the Kenyan will see out the remainder of his contract before finalising his next move. Where that will be is anyone’s guess. By that stage, he’ll be 31 years of age. Not over-the-hill by any stretch, but his best days will certainly be behind him.
January 2023, therefore, looks like the first opportunity Celtic would have to snap him up. It’s difficult to know whether we would need him or even want him by that period, You just never know where our own midfield will be by that period. We could, for example, be absolutely flying with no need for further reinforcements.
He’s still a regular in the Montreal team after all. He’s made 27 appearances this season and has been made the captain on 12 of those occasions. His influence there remains a big one.
The fact he’s also eyeing up another run in the CONCACAF Champions League tells a story. This isn’t a player that’s preparing for an immediate switch.
If Wanyama truly does want that Celtic Park comeback of course, he’s going to need to show that he can still operate at the highest level.