Keane in­spires Vic

Wanyama looks up to Red Devils’ hard man

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY RICHARD ARROWSMITH/

Tot­ten­ham mid­fielder Vic­tor Wanyama has re­vealed for­mer Manch­ester United hard-man Roy Keane was the player he most looked up to as a young­ster learn­ing the game.

Keane gained a rep­u­ta­tion for his ag­gres­sive style of play, which some­times crossed the line - while Wanyama’s tough tack­ling earned him three red cards at Southamp­ton last sea­son, although these have been his only dis­missals in Eng­land.

Speak­ing to FourFourTwo magazine, the Kenya in­ter­na­tional said: “I used to watch Manch­ester United and I re­ally liked Roy Keane.

“He was a re­ally good player. I liked his char­ac­ter as well as his foot­ball abil­ity.

“I’ve never met him, but I don’t think I’d be in­tim­i­dated. The way he com­mands his team gives you that en­ergy to work hard. If I can get to his level, that would be great.”

Wanyama has es­tab­lished him­self in high-fly­ing Spurs’ mid­field after com­plet­ing a £15mil­lion (Sh1.86bn) sum­mer move from St Mary’s, although he started his Bri­tish ca­reer with Celtic in 2011.

“When I moved to Celtic I had never played in the Cham­pi­ons League. I used to watch them play­ing in big Euro­pean matches, and it was my dream to one day win the com­pe­ti­tion. That was why I took the No 67 jersey, in mem­ory of Celtic’s Euro­pean Cup tri­umph of l967” he added.

Mean­while Tot­ten­ham head of re­cruit­ment Paul Mitchell is among the names be­ing con­sid­ered by Mar­seille.

The French club are in the process of be­ing taken over by LA Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and want to speak to Mitchell about be­com­ing their head of re­cruit­ment.

Mitchell has re­signed from his role with Tot­ten­ham but is still of­fi­cially with the club un­til a de­par­ture date is mu­tu­ally agreed with chair­man Daniel Levy. The 34-year-old had been con­sid­ered by Le­ices­ter City.

Tot­ten­ham’s Vic­tor Wanyama dur­ing their Premier League match against Liver­pool at White Hart Lane on August 27. /REUTERS As­ton Villa’s man­ager-in­wait­ing Steve Bruce /COUR­TESY

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