Son Heung-min has been named South Korea’s top athlete for five years in a row but he wants to downgrade his star status to his Tottenham Hotspur teammates for fear of being a tour guide for him. the entire team on their pre-season tour.
Spurs begin their preparations for the Premier League season with a match against a K League team in Seoul on July 13 before taking on Sevilla in Suwon three days later.
The London club has a huge fan base in South Korea thanks to the Golden Boot and while Son is looking forward to the matches on the tour, he thinks he could have a role to play. important off the field as well as on it.
“I think the boys are wrong. They think I’m a celebrity in Korea and I know all the best restaurants in the country,” Son was quoted as saying by Yonhap News on Monday. “I don’t know if I can take care of 50 to 60 people at once. It’s a huge pressure on me. But since they’re going to visit Korea, I’ll choose the tab.”
Son scored 23 Premier League goals to share the Golden Boot award with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah last season and the 29-year-old thanked his teammates for believing in him.
“It was a happy moment,” Son said. “My teammates have supported me a lot…
“Every time I scored, (Eric) Dier would say to me, ‘The Golden Shoe is yours.’ At that point I was too far behind Salah. I said, ‘What are you talking about?’
“But then when I started to close the gap, my teammates said they were also excited.”
Spurs, who finished fourth last season, begin their home league campaign against Southampton on August 6.