Victor Wanyama, who just got UK citizenship, signs for Canada’s Montreal Impact

By BBC On Wed, 4 Mar, 2020 09:27 | < 1 min read
Victor Wanyama dribbles past Barcelona's Lionel Messi. PHOTO | COURTESY

Kenyan football star Victor Wanyama has confirmed his transfer from English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact.

Wanyama tweeted in the early hours of Wednesday, showing appreciation to Spurs where he has been for four seasons:

Wanyama has signed a three-year contract with the Montreal Impact as a Designated Player.

The club in a statement said they would confirm the acquisition after receiving Wanyama’s international transfer certificate and his medical examination result.

Wanyama said when former Arsenal player-turned-coach Thierry Henry called him to join Montreal Impact he was excited to work with him and hopes to make a difference.

The Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama is believed to have acquired British citizenship.

According to British newspaper Evening Standard, Wanyama was reluctant to leave the North London club last January as he sought British citizenship ‘but that situation has now been resolved.’

Wanyama’s younger brother Harry Wanyama could not confirm nor deny, but said after staying in United Kingdom for at least five years he qualified for a citizenship.

“It’s a normal thing for a footballer to get British citizenship after playing or staying in the country for at least five years,” Harry told People Sport when asked if the star midfielder had obtained the new citizenship.

Wanyama has stayed in the United Kingdom for nine years since he joined Glasgow side Celtics in 2011.

Additional Reporting by Barry Silah.

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