Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min revealed that he could have chosen to relocate to Saudi Arabia for his football career, but instead decided to remain with his current club in the Premier League.
He expressed his desire to make amends for a disappointing 2022-23 season, where he struggled with injuries and a decline in performance. Despite winning the Premier League Golden Boot in the previous season with 23 goals, Son only managed to score 10 times in the last campaign, contributing to Spurs’ eighth-place finish.
Despite being rumored to have a potentially profitable move to Saudi Arabia, he declared during a press conference in Perth before a pre-season match against West Ham United that he would remain loyal to his current team in north London.
“Probably if I wanted to go there (Saudi Arabia) I would be out there, not here,” he said with a laugh. “I love playing football. Obviously money is also important, but I dream of playing in the Premier League and still a lot of things to do.”
“Especially last season I suffered physically. This is not the Sonny that I know. So I want to prove that this season that I’m the Sonny that we all know. I want to prove that to myself and I want to give back to the club where I belong.”
“Saudi, obviously most people are going at the moment which is really, really interesting. But the Premier League is still a dream for me to play (in) and I’m looking forward to this season.”
The strike partner of Son, Harry Kane, has also been the center of transfer speculation as he approaches the last year of his contract. The 29-year-old has been linked to Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga champions. Ange Postecoglou, the new manager of Spurs, confirmed that he had spoken to Kane but had no significant updates to provide about his future.
“The reality of it is we’ve got a month or so before the season starts, a bit less actually. And the transfer window’s still on for a while, so we’ll see how it all transpires,” he said.
“There are a lot of people that know Harry better than me, but he’s not going to get fazed by anything. He’s here and while he’s here, he’s totally committed to what we’re doing.”