Son Heung-min says ‘sorry’ to Tottenham for taking break for Asian Games 2018

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-min is all set to represent his country at the upcoming Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia but also felt sorry about leaving his club early on in the Premier League season.Son, who was recently handed a new five-year contract with Tottenham, is one of the three overage players to be named in the South Korean squad or the Asian Games football tournament, starting August 14.For the Asian Games, Tottenham have agreed to release Son after their opening Premier League match at Newcastle United on August 11.”I feel sorry because Tottenham is my team and I feel very sorry to be leaving my teammates,” Son was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.”I am playing for my country and that is also important, but honestly I feel very sorry about that. That is what I feel,” Son said.”We can talk about (the national service) afterwards. We haven’t won it already. We are going there to win something, and winning trophies for my country is always good. I don’t travel there for nothing.”Son was South Korea’s star player at the recently-concluded FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia but they failed to advance from their group that consisted of Sweden, Mexico and Germany.South Korea lost their opening two matches to Sweden and Mexico but pulled off an upset of the ages by knocking out Germany of the tournament with 2-0 win. However, that could not save their fate in the World Cup.Son and his teammates would want to erase the pain of that early World Cup exit by winning gold at the Games in Indonesia.advertisement”It was disappointing but we finished well against Germany,” said Son.”Our country was happy because they were No.1 in the FIFA rankings and the defending World Cup champions. For me, the tournament was disappointing because I always expect more than the group stage. I wanted to stay longer than we did. But it was a good experience to play at the World Cup and I look forward to playing in another four years.”Also read – Son Heung-min: South Korean star’s shades of tears at World Cup 2018When questioned about teammate and World Cup’s Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, Son said: “Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world. That is why he has won the Golden Boot twice in the Premier League and once at his first World Cup.”He deserved it as well because he worked really hard. He will come back with a lot of confidence and I think he can win another Golden Boot.”(With IANS inputs)last_img read more


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