By Beth Nyaga
Victor Wanyama plans to use Tottenham Hotspur’s preseason trip to Australia to bond with his new teammates after completing an completing an £11 million transfer from Southampton last week.
“I’ve never been to Australia but I think that’s a good opportunity for myself to know and bond with my teammates and I’m looking forward to it” the Kenya captain, who turned 25 on Saturday said.
Wanyama was also signed by Pochettino for Southampton in summer 2013 and is the first player to follow the Argentine from St. Mary’s to White Hart Lane — although Toby Alderweireld spent the 2014-15 campaign on loan at Saints before joining Spurs last summer.
The midfielder cited Pochettino as a key factor in his decision to join Spurs and says he is aiming to win a trophy with his new club.
“It was easy for me to choose this team because I know how the manager is, I know the manager likes to work hard and he improves the players as well. I thought it was a good opportunity for me to come here and also I think I can improve as a player here,” Wanyama added.
“There is more into it — you can see the talent here and also you can see the manager so everything has been great and seeing from outside also they have a great fan base and I think it’s a big club so that’s what attracted me to come here.
Spurs will compete in the International Champions Cup in Melbourne next month, facing Serie A champions Juventus on July 26 and Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid three days later.
With 10 Spurs players still competing at Euro 2016, manager Mauricio Pochettino could be without key players for the tournament but new signing Wanyama is expecting to travel, and says he will use the tour to get comfortable with his teammates.