Do Southampton need top-four finish to keep Victor Wanyama?

Ex-Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama admits to missing the Champions League, so do Southampton need a top-four Premier League finish to keep him?

Victor Wanyama got a taste of the high life during two years at Celtic, with memorable European nights enjoyed against heavyweight outfits such as Barcelona.

Having held his own against the cream of the Champions League crop, the combative midfielder was soon linked with big-money moves to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

It was, however, to be Southampton who brought him to the Premier League in a £12.5 million deal.

The powerful Kenya international settled quickly in the English top-flight, with there seemingly little that fazes the highly-rated 23-year-old.

He is enjoying his time with the Saints, but also admits to missing the buzz created by continental adventures.

Southampton have put themselves in a position to challenge for a top-four finish this season and they may need to stay there if they are to keep Wanyama on the south coast long term.

He said: “Everyone wants to play in the Champions League and that is our aim. I played in it at Celtic and getting a taste of it has made me want more. I miss the great European nights at Celtic.

“We were infuriated with the defeat to United but we know we’ll return to winning ways soon.”

Southampton have slipped out of the Champions League places over recent weeks, with a run of three straight defeats dropping them to fifth.

They are considered to be outsiders to secure a seat at Europe’s top table, with the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal expected to mount a charge at some stage.

The Saints remain a work in progress, though, and Ronald Koeman will be eager to get that message across to the likes of Wanyama as he endeavours to build something special at St Mary’s.

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