Former Tottenham Hotspur star Victor Wanyama says 'life was tough' under Jose Mourinho before his departure last year.
The Kenyan midfielder was vital figure at Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino, as he went on to make 97 appearances following his move from Southampton four years ago.
However, the 29-year-old saw his game time limited once Mourinho took over and reveals the club also rejected the chance for him to leave sooner.
"Life was tough under Mourinho. I was not playing," Wanyama told Kenyan TV.
"I was injured for some time, and when I came back, I could not get a chance to play. I went to see the coach (Mourinho), and told him I needed to play.
"He said: 'You have to wait, you are just coming back from injury'. Clubs came in for me and asked to take me on loan with an obligation to buy after some time, but Tottenham said no.
"I went to the chairman's office and told him to understand my situation. I had been at the club for four years, and we had celebrated milestones, including the Champions League final.
"He granted me my wish to leave."
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