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Wanyama: Pochettino is “like a father”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur (L) is put under pressure from Steven Pienaar of Sunderland (R) during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on September 18, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur (L) is put under pressure from Steven Pienaar of Sunderland (R) during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on September 18, 2016 in London, England. (Photo/Getty Images)

Victor Mugubi Wanyama has referred to Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino as a father figure to his players.

The former Southampton player joined Tottenham Hotspur for £11 million in the summer, reuniting with Pochettino who brought him to St Mary’s from Celtic in 2013.

The Kenya International says his relationship with the former Saints boss played a significant part in his decision to move to Spurs.

“He played a big part in convincing me to join the club,” he said. “I had a few options but he was able to convince me to come here because I had worked with him before and know he is a manager who will improve players.

“Also, the club is in the Champions League, and has the chance to do well in the Premier League, too. He said to me that I should come and try to achieve some things with this club, and that they could win trophies.

“Pochettino is a really good person outside football as well as in football. He’s like a father figure [to the players], always speaking with everyone and giving them advice. All of the players look up to him as a father figure and also as a manager.”

Spurs are currently second in the Premier League table after seven matches and remain the only unbeaten team following their 2-0 win over Manchester City last time out.

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