The 21-year-old’s performances this season have alerted a host of teams across Europe to his availability but the midfielder insists he is happy in Glasgow for now
By Craig Turnbull at Hampden Park
Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama insists he will stay at the club this summer despite interest from a host of clubs, including Premier League winners Manchester United.
The 21-year-old has been in sparkling form this season, including a brilliant performance in the Champions League victory over Barcelona, and has been nominated for the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Wanyama’s current deal with Celtic expires in June 2015, and talks on an extension stalled in the autumn. But despite the interest from Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, the Kenya international says he will stay put and pay back manager Neil Lennon for having faith in him.
“Will I be a Celtic player next season? Of course, I am happy and I love it here at Celtic,” Wanyama told reporters. “So I will be here next season.
“I’ve not really spoken to my agent because I have been playing football and I’m not thinking about leaving or having talks. I’m not worried, I feel I am in the right club and I am happy.
“We want to do better next season. If we can win the treble that’s my dream and we also want to be in the Champions League.
“It’s been great, the manager has given me the chance to prove myself and for that I am grateful. I’m happy and want to do my best and try to pay the manager back for the faith he has shown in me because he has done a lot for the team.”
Wanyama also spoke of the highlights of his title-winning season with the Hoops, and reveals victory over Barcelona was his favourite moment of the campaign, but added that he was surprised no Celtic man was nominated for the Player of the Year award.
He added: “The highlight of the season for me is beating Barcelona. Afterwards Neil Lennon says I’m worth €29 million? It’s just the manager’s opinion; if he thinks I’m worth that then it is fine with me.
“It’s a good thing to be spoken of in the same breath as Barcelona. It gives me the boost to go and work harder. I want to keep on doing well. Getting the opportunity to play against that quality of player is just fantastic.
“For me as a player I believe football is a game of learning, the more you play, the more you learn.
“It means a lot to be nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year. I’ve had a good season and [I’m] just happy to be at a club like this. I’m very grateful [and] I just want to thank my team-mates for giving me the chance to be here.
“I’m very surprised [no Celtic players were nominated] because they had a very good season and speaking of individual players in our team that are very good such as Fraser [Forster].
“A lot of players have had a very good season and I am just gutted they’re not here with me at this award.”