Southampton’s Celtic hero seeking Champions League football

Having tasted success with the Bhoys in Europe, Victor Wanyama appears to be agitating for a move to a club offering Champions League football.

Back in November of 2012, Victor Wanyama was generating football headlines for all the right reasons, after scoring the opener in Celtic’s famous 2-1 victory over Barcelona.

However, just over 18 months on from that famous night, the Kenyan is back in the news for all the wrong reasons, after hinting that a desire to return to the Champions League could see him depart current club Southampton.

Wanyama only joined the Saints last July, with the south coast club paying £12.5 million to recruit the midfielder on a four-year deal.

The 22-year-old made a solid start to life in the Premier League, appearing 23 times in a season that was admittedly hampered by injuries.

But it would appear that the departure of manager Mauricio Pochettino – the man who convinced Wanyama to sign for the team – has left the Kenyan angry with the club and open to a move away.

That sentiment is certainly backed up by quotes attributed to the player by Capital Sport in Nairobi, in which Wanyama hinted at a desire to return to playing in the Champions League.

"I will be happy to play in any team that is in the Champions League, that’s my aim, I wanted to face a new challenge in English Premier League and now that I’ve conquered it, very soon I will be going back to playing in the biggest tournament in the world," he told the news provider.

Southampton enjoyed a best-ever finish of eighth in the Premier League last term, but with the likes of Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw linked with moves away from the club, it could prove difficult to better or even repeat that success next term.

That could prompt the likes of Wanyama into a move away from the club, with former suitors Manchester City one potential option, as the Blues are able to offer the Champions League football the Kenyan spoke of.

Alternatively Arsenal may be in the market for a midfielder fitting his description, though in either case Wanyama is likely to carry a substantial transfer fee.

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