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Victor Wanyama confirms he's staying at CF Montreal despite Celtic links

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Wanyama enjoyed a strong 2021 campaign in Canada.
Wanyama enjoyed a strong 2021 campaign in Canada. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Wanyama has confirmed he will be staying at CF Montreal next season, despite previously revealing his desire to return to Celtic.

The Kenyan midfielder played 91 times for the Hoops across all competitions between 2011 and 2013, scoring 13 goals and winning three trophies before leaving for Southampton.

After six-and-a-half years in England - where he also spent time with Tottenham Hotspur - Wanyama joined MLS side Montreal in 2020. He's since become a key player for the Canadian club, ranking first among his teammates for tackles (57) and second for recoveries (235) during the regular season, while he also chipped in with two goals.

"Celtic was a club that I would love to play for again and again. It’s more than a club. I enjoyed my time there," he told Football Scotland at the start of November.

“I honestly want to come back and give it a last go because I love the club, the people there, the fans, just everything there was great. They give the players everything to go on the pitch and perform. Everything was just on top."

But if Wanyama is to return, it won't be until the end of the 2022 MLS campaign. The Kenyan midfielder has a Canadian Championship final against Toronto FC to look forward to and if Montreal win that, they'll book their place in the Concacaf Champions League - a competition Wanyama is eager to play in.

“I still have a contract here, I love the club and I just want to focus on our task. I will be here next season too," he said (via TVA Sports).

“We are happy to have another chance (of reaching the CONCACAF Champions League). Plus, it’s great to be able to play in the Champions League against Latin American teams. I believe that if we go back, we will be able to do better because we have the experience compared to the last time.”

Despite occupying a place in the top seven for most of the season, Montreal missed out on the Playoffs on the final day of the season - something the Canadian side will look to put right in 2022.