In an interview with Sungmo Lee, Son Heung-min has confirmed his desire to stay at Tottenham Hotspur next season despite interest from Saudi Arabian clubs.
Speaking about reports linking him to a £50m-plus move to Saudi side Al-Ittihad, who recently completed the signing of Real Madrid legend Karim Benzema and are set to sign Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté, Son stated: “I have many things to do in the Premier League. Money doesn’t matter to me now, and the pride of playing football, to play in my favourite league is important. I want to play more for Tottenham in the Premier League. I’ll prepare well when I’m back to Spurs.”
The South Korean international comes off the back of an underwhelming season in a tumultuous Spurs side, where he accumalated 10 goals and six assists in 36 Premier League appearances under three different managers, compared to his 23 goals and seven assists in 35 appearances the year prior.
However, the forward indicated to South Korean media last week that these poor performances could have been down to injury, claiming he “struggled with pain all season” and that he felt he was only able to do “60 per cent of what he could do at 100 per cent.” Furthermore, he has since undergone surgery regarding these issues.
Despite his form- and the reports linking him with a move to the Gulf state- as per Alasdair Gold, the North London side were never believed to be open to a sale of the two-footed attacker, with him still having two years left on his contract and being a beloved figure both within the club and amongst it’s fanbase.
Turning 31 next month, the Lilywhites will be hoping Son can regain the form that saw him claim the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2021/22 season, as they look to rebuild under new head coach Ange Postecoglou and bounce back from an eighth place finish last season.
Tottenham’s 2023/24 season will kick-off on Sunday 13 August as they travel to the Gtech Community Stadium to face London rivals Brentford.
Travis Levison | Get Football