Why Wanyama is better off staying with Celtic

Victor Wanyama is being strongly tipped to leave Celtic but it may not be a bad idea if he just stays put.

His performances in the Champions League last season highlighted everyone to the possibility that Wanyama could play for another huge club, as part of a new challenge.

That led to links with clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal, which haven’t quite gone away despite the only significant interest coming in from teams like Southampton and Cardiff City.

With no disrespect to either of those clubs, they are probably not the calibre of sides that Wanyama would have been hoping to join which ironically increases Celtic’s chances of hanging onto him.

It may not be a bad thing for him to stay where he is because at the moment, he is the enforcer in that Celtic midfielder and has a very solid reputation in Scottish football and a growing one in the European game.

The Champions League showed that he wouldn’t be out of his depth in the higher quality of the Premier League and he’s physically shaped up to cope with that side of English football.

It’s a case of status and if he stays where he is, he knows that he will always be a valued and highly respected member of the current Celtic team.

It’s also that issue of Champions League football which he doesn’t look like he’s going to enjoy again if he moves away from Celtic.

Say what you like about the quality of the SPL, the Champions League is a competition that the best players from all over Europe want to take part in and that’s reason for him to stay on its own.

The money angle obviously makes a move to English football more appealing but Celtic have always treated him fairly and he’s currently on a very good deal with the Scottish club.

So in a lifestyle sense, he doesn’t really have any reason to move other than a possible desire to be closer to a city like London, which opens up many benefits and possibilities for a young man like Wanyama.

His relationship with the boss Neil Lennon is also superb and that’s something which he shouldn’t be looking to risk.

It’s not every day that a top level player connects with a manager so well and that should be one of the most important things Wanyama thinks about when he weighs up whether it would be a good idea to leave Celtic.

On the current state of play, he’d be substantially better off staying where he is.

Do you think he’ll stay at Celtic? If not, where do you think he’ll go?

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