By Amir Mir
Victor Wanyama has revealed how watching his brother McDonald Wanyama win the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010 inspired him to reach the top at Tottenham.
As reported by Football Insider, Wanyama made an £11m switch from Southampton to North London, where he will be challenging for the Premier League title next season and playing Champions League football.
In an interview with the official Spurs website, the defensive midfielder insisted he faced no obstacles growing in his native Kenya because his brother and father were a huge encouragement to his career.
“My father and brother made me think that everything is possible,” Wanyama said. “Watching my brother win the Champions League with Inter (in 2010) was really good and from that day my father has always encouraged me to work harder and make sure I also try to achieve what my older brother did.”
The 24-year-old has moved from St Mary’s to White Hart Lane to re-unite with former boss Mauricio Pochettino, but the Kenyan revealed how he used to walk long distances growing up, just to play a game of football.
The North-London club conceded 35 goals last season, which was the joint least, alongside Manchester United. But, Wanyama will be hoping his “strong” upbringing will pave way for a successful season for Pochettino’s men.
“I started in the streets. I used to go play football with my friends and sometimes we’d walk something like 10 kilometres just to go and play with other guys,” said Wanyama
“We used to play in the street with bare feet. The pitches weren’t so good but it was also a good experience and I believe that made me strong and helped me in my upbringing.
“It was a hard way to grow as a player but it was really good.”
In other Tottenham news, the club are targeting a move for a Newcastle attacker.