Tottenham are going on a short pre-season visit of Australia at the end of July to play high profile friendlies against Juventus and Atletico Madrid.
Tottenham's Danny Rose in action against Southampton's Victor Wanyama
New Tottenham signing Victor Wanyama has been discussing the club's pre-season tour of Australia with the turf.com.au, as the 25-year-old looks forward to challenging his teammates for a role in Mauricio Pochettino's starting eleven.
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With several Spurs stars involved in international tournaments this summer, it could be that new players and fringe players are given a chance in the International Champions Cup in Melbourne, facing off against Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the end of July, and Wanyama is happy to use this as an opportunity to settle in at the club.
"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," he is told The Turf. "It will be a nice experience for me to go to Australia and also get to learn more about my teammates. I think it will be a great time.
Wanyama has been a powerful member of the Southampton midfield for the last three seasons, playing a major part in establishing the Saints as one of the better sides in the Premier League.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with Mousa Dembele as he prepares to come on
The Kenya captain made 97 appearances at St Mary's after Pochettino signed him from Celtic in 2013, and after previous links that the Argentine was going to return for the anchorman after he took over at White Hart Lane, the Spurs boss has finally managed to get his man - a clear statement of just how highly he rates Wanyama.
Wanyama will battle with Eric Dier for the defensive midfield position in the Tottenham midfield, with the England international playing superbly in that role after being moved there from central defence by Pochettino last summer.
Southampton's Victor Wanyama celebrates scoring