‘National team captain’ Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham) once again dismissed rumors of a transfer to Saudi Arabia. He has stated that he wants to continue his career in the Premier League.
The British Daily Mail reported on the 17th (Korean time) that “Son Heung-min refused to move to Saudi Arabia and insisted that playing in the Premier League was still his dream.” On this day, Son Heung-min attended the official pre-season press conference held in Australia with new Tottenham coach Anje Postecoglu. At this meeting, Son Heung-min revealed that he had received an offer from Saudi Arabia this summer, but chose to stay with Tottenham.
Son Heung-min said, “If I wanted to go to Saudi Arabia, I wouldn’t be here.” “I like football. Of course, money is important, but I dream of playing in the Premier League.”
Previously, ESPN of the United States said last month, “Saudi 안전놀이터Arabia Al Ittihad is ready to pay an additional bonus to the transfer fee of 60 million euros (about 86 billion won) to recruit Tottenham striker Son Heung-min.” We offered a four-year contract worth 10,000 euros (approximately 43 billion won).”
Al Ittihad is collecting world-class players on the back of Saudi Arabia’s huge capital. They recruited former Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, who played for Real Madrid (Spain) this summer, and also signed Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante. He did not stop here and sent a love call to Son Heung-min. However, Son Heung-min refused.
Son Heung-min once again drew the line, saying, “Most of the players are going to Saudi Arabia. It’s really exciting, but the Premier League is still my dream. I’m looking forward to this season.”
At the time of the transfer rumor, European transfer market expert Fabricio Romano said, “Tottenham has no intention of selling Heung-min Son despite rumors of a transfer to Saudi Arabia. This is not a team plan, and we have not received a specific offer.” Loyalty highlighted.
Son Heung-min is the undeniable Tottenham ace. Last season, despite unexpected injuries such as sports hernia and orbital fracture, he played his part in 36 league games, scoring 10 goals and assisting with 6. In the Premier League, where world-class players are active, he set a record for scoring in double digits for seven consecutive seasons. In the 2021-2022 season, he scored 23 league goals and tied for the top scorer with Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah. In the case of Son Heung-min, it attracted more attention because it was a record achieved with a pure field goal without a penalty kick.
Son Heung-min is also Tottenham’s ‘living legend’. After moving the team from Leverkusen (Germany) to Tottenham in 2015, he has been active as a key player in the team. Son Heung-min is expected to perform an important task in the new Tottenham manager Anje Postecoglu in the new season. Last season, Tottenham finished 8th in the league and is aiming for a revival. Son Heung-min said, “I had a really hard time physically last season. I want to prove that I am the Son Heung-min everyone knows this season.”
Tottenham will play a friendly against West Ham in the same league on the 18th. It is highly likely that Son Heung-min will also participate and improve his condition.