Victor Wanyama has suggested he will stay at Tottenham Hotspur this summer despite struggling for game time last season.
The midfielder hardly featured for the majority of the 2018/19 campaign because of a recurring knee injury that repeatedly set back his return to consistent action.
Only towards the end of the season did Wanyama begin to properly contribute, scoring in the 4-0 Premier League victory over Huddersfield Town and playing in the Champions League semi-finals.
Subsequently the Kenyan, who has two years remaining on his current contract, has been linked with an exit amid suggestions his minutes will not increase next term.
But speaking to Goal, Wanyama hinted he intends be a Spurs player next season and will attempt to rediscover his usual standard.
“For me it was a difficult season and I was tired for a long time because of injury,” Wanyama said. “I was hoping to help the team more but it did not work out well.
“The African Championship is a good opportunity to regain my level and prepare my fitness fully before the holiday and then prepare for the new season, which will be a new personal challenge.”
There is a good chance Wanyama’s game time will be reduced further if, as expected, Tottenham bring in a new central midfielder such as Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.
Either the 27-year-old or his teammate Eric Dier will be left out of the starting line-up in the majority of matches, so one of them may end up requesting a move away.