Kenyan international Victor Wanyama has revealed a conversation he had with Montreal Impact manager Thierry Henry that swayed him to joining the Major League Soccer (MLS) side on a free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur.
Wanyama joined the Canadian side on Tuesday after being surplus to requirements at Spurs and put pen to paper on a three-year deal.
The move away from Spurs though expected, has come as a surprise as Wanyama was still contracted to the North London club.
Speaking on the move, the 29 year old revealed that he did not think twice after speaking with former Arsenal legend Henry whom he has always admired.
He said, “I’m really happy to join an exciting club like the Montreal Impact. MLS continues to grow every season and I’m looking forward to bringing further awareness to this team, city and league across Africa.
“When I spoke to Thierry and he told me he wanted me to join him in Montreal, I didn’t have to think twice. He has always been a player that I’ve admired, and I am really happy to get the opportunity to work with him and to play a part that can ensure that the Montreal Impact have an improved season and hopefully reach the ultimate stages of the competitions in which we compete.”
Wanyama’s move ends a nine year stay in the UK for the Harambee Stars captain. He first played in the UK in 2011 when he joined Scottish giants Celtic FC where he spent three years before moving to Southampton and then eventually to Tottenham in 2016.
In America he will join former Stars international Lawrence Olum who currently plays for Miami FC of the second division as well as Harambee Stars prospect Handwalla Bwana who plys his trade with MLS champions Seattle Sounders.