18 months to go, but…Tottenham want a ‘SON life deal’! “Negotiations wrapped up in a few weeks.” Postecoglou also praised it for a year
Although the contract period still remains, Tottenham Hotspur is already working hard to renew the contract with Son Heung-min (31).
British media ’90min’ reported on the 21st (Korean time), “Tottenham is exploring ways to tie the club’s new captain, Son Heung-min, to a long-term contract. According to sources, Tottenham is expected to reach an agreement before Christmas. A few weeks.” “Negotiations could be concluded within the time,” the report said.
Son Heung-min has already established himself as Tottenham’s legendary striker. Son Heung-min has entered his 9th season since joining Tottenham. He is Tottenham’s 6th highest scorer of all time, with 148 goals and 80 assists in 378 games.
Its status has increased even before the start of the 2023-24 season. New coach Angers Postecoglou highly evaluated Son Heung-min’s leadership and gave him the captain’s armband. Son Heung-min became the first non-European captain in Tottenham club history. Son Heung-min, who led the South Korean national team as captain, will also take on a leadership role in his own team. James Madison (26) and Christian Romero (25) were selected as vice captains.
The atmosphere within the club is the best. Since Son Heung-min took on the captain’s armband, Tottenham is running undefeated with 4 wins, 1 draw, and 5 games in the Premier League. In particular, Son Heung-min was well-received for bringing a new culture to the team, such as approaching away fans and saying hello before the game in the opening match of the Premier League against Brentford.
Due to his unique friendliness, he is highly trusted by players. When Son Heung-min achieved a dramatic comeback win of 2-1 against Sheffield United, he brought Richarlison (26), the leading contributor, to the home crowd to receive cheers. Although he did not score against Sheffield, he came off the bench to celebrate with his teammate thanks to his great performance. This is why local media highlights Son Heung-min’s leadership every day.
The relationship with the director is also strong. European greats such as Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte also seemed to particularly care for Son Heung-min. Coach Postekoglou also fully supports Son Heung-min. According to ’90min’, “Director Postekoglou is building a good relationship with Son Heung-min,” and “Conversations to discuss contract renewal are expected to go well.”
Coach Postekoglou also praised Son Heung-min at the last fan forum event. He explained the reason for appointing Son Heung-min as captain, saying, “Everyone knows that Son Heung-min is a fantastic soccer player,” and “He is also a great human being. Coaches pay a lot of attention to finding a leader for the team. This is a very important part.”
He continued, “I have known Son Heung-min at other clubs. I have watched him for a long time. I am a leader from Asia. I am well aware of Son Heung-min’s status in the local community. He is a respected player. Whether he is a teammate or an opponent, Son Heung-min is very highly regarded. He gave high praise, saying, “I did it.”
Coach Postekoglou transformed Tottenham into a young team. Promising players such as Mata Pape Sar (21), Mickey van der Pen (22), and Destiny Udogi (21) have emerged as starting players. It is assessed that Son Heung-min, Maddison, and Romero played a major role in leading them.
Regarding the captaincy, Coach Postekoglou said, “Son Heung-min, Maddison and Romero have accepted the captaincy role well. Although they have only been here for two months, they feel comfortable as if they have been 10 years. Not as players but as people. “Because they are also outstanding people,” he said.
Son Heung-min, who is playing the role of a leader, also showed off his skills as a striker in the last game against Burnley. He scored the first goal in the first half with a sensational chip shot, and then completed a hat trick by adding one goal each with his right foot and left foot in the second half. Son Heung-min shone by being named in the best 11 selected by the British BBC that week.
Due to Richarlison’s slump, Son Heung-min is providing strength to Tottenham as an all-round striker by moving between the side and center. After his appointment, coach Postekoglu started Son Heung-min in all Premier League matches. With Harry Kane (30) leaving for Bayern Munich, Son Heung-min’s shoulders were bound to become heavier.메이저사이트
Therefore, Tottenham has no intention of sending Son Heung-min to another club. Although there are 18 months left on his contract, a long-term renewal of his contract is already being discussed internally. ’90min’ added, “Tottenham want to renew a long-term contract with Son Heung-min,” adding, “We are trying to sign the contract before Christmas. The contract will be finalized within a few weeks at the earliest.”
Meanwhile, coach Postekoglou is expected to face the most difficult test since taking office as Tottenham coach. Tottenham and Arsenal will face off in the 6th round of the 2023-24 Premier League season to be held at the Emirates Stadium in London, England at 10 p.m. on the 24th. Both teams are in 2nd and 4th place, respectively, with 4 wins and 1 draw out of 5 games. Tottenham is ahead of Arsenal by 5 points with a goal difference of 8.
The North London Derby is considered one of the fiercest derbies in England. It also has a reputation as a goal feast, mainly featuring multiple goals. Since the 2010s, goals have been scored in more than 30 games.
Arsenal had the upper hand in last season’s match. Tottenham lost 1-3 in their first match away to Arsenal, and lost 0-2 in their home game last January. Arsenal, who was in his fourth year as manager under Arteta, led the team until the mid to late 2022-23 season, but slipped at the end and finished in second place.
This is the first North London derby of the 2023-24 season. The atmosphere is hot for both teams. Tottenham under coach Postekoglou made a complete comeback with attacking football, scoring 13 points in 5 games. Although they were anxious about their defense last season, they allowed 5 goals this season and built a relatively solid back line.
Arsenal is no slouch either. Key striker Bukayo Saka (22), captain Martin Odegaard (24), and key defenders William Saliba (22) and Ben White (25) are in good health. Declan Rice (24), who led West Ham United to the UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) championship, also joined. He is showing performance befitting the high transfer fee of 100 million pounds. As Arsenal’s starting central midfielder, he started all five games.
In particular, the determination of Son Heung-min, who became the first non-European captain in Tottenham history, is extraordinary. Before the match with Arsenal, Son Heung-min expressed confidence through Britain’s ‘The Times’, saying, “Arsenal will not want to meet Tottenham now.”
He boasted of a close bond. Son Heung-min said, “All team members are running and fighting for each other. The players are willing to sacrifice for each other. This is why we are becoming stronger as a team.”
Arsenal’s confidence also rose to the peak. Coach Arteta scored a point at Everton’s home stadium, Goodison Park, for the first time since taking office in the last round. Goalkeeper David Raya (28), brought in from Brentford, led the team to a scoreless victory with excellent feet and good saves. Leandro Trosar (28) shined by scoring the first winning goal.
Unless there is a major upset, Son Heung-min is likely to start in the North London derby. Son Heung-min has scored a total of 5 goals and 5 assists in 18 games against Arsenal.