Due to the Asian Games, Tottenham will have to play the first month of the Premier League season without Heung-min Son. Because of this, the Korean player has expressed an advance apology to his Europe team.
Son will be present during the first play of Tottenham against Newcastle at St. James’ Park before he travels to Indonesia to play for South Korea. However, he may still skip Tottenham’s games against Fulham, Manchester United and Watford if South Korea make it to the Asian Games final.
“I feel sorry because Tottenham is my team and I feel very sorry for my team-mates and coaching staff.
“But 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 as he speaks ahead of Spurs’ 1-0 win against AC Milan in Minneapolis.
Aside from keeping the reigning champions title, Son will also be exempted from the required 21-month military service of South Korea – which obliged all able-bodied South Korean males before the age of 28 to render service, if he ends up victorious in the Asian Games. Therefore he was asked whether his commitment to win was influenced by this fact. However the 26 years old answered “We can talk about this afterwards.
“We haven’t won it already. We are going there to win something and winning trophies for my country is always good. I am going there to win something, to win games. I don’t travel there for nothing.”
A question was also raised regarding South Korea’s performance during the 2018 world cup season and Son confessed his disappointment for not reaching the knockout stages despite eliminating champions Germany from the tournament during the world cup.
“I was disappointed a little bit but we finished well against Germany,” he said. “Our country was happy because they were No.1 in the Fifa rankings and the defending World Cup champions.
“For me, it’s always a bit disappointing because I 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 in four years.”