Having highly impressed over his 18 Premier League appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side so far this season, scoring 12 goals, providing six assists and averaging a remarkable WhoScored match rating of 7.51, talk towards the end of last year was that Tottenham were close to tieing the South Korean down to a new deal in north London as a reward for his fine form.
However, some months later, it appears as if there has been no movement in the £81 million-rated 28-year-old’s new deal, something which Bridge, speaking to The Spurs Web, claimed that he is slightly surprised about.
He said: “I’ll be completely honest with you, I thought it was going to be announced by now. I have not heard any problems, [the] only thing I would say, hand on my heart, is that it thought it would have been announced by now.
“The good news is I’ve been told [there are] no problems. We’ve all seen that Tottenham are marketing him very highly. He is, in many ways, Tottenham’s most prized asset – [in] many, many ways. Marketability, every way, we all know. But not just that, [he’s] just a wonderful servant and a wonderful guy on top of just a phenomenal footballer.
“People say to me, ‘Oh, Son’s my most underrated player in the Premier League’ and I’m thinking, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t rate him, so how can he be underrated? I think it’s just incredible – I love him to bits.
“To answer your question, I don’t think there’s a problem and I’m slightly surprised it’s not been announced yet. It could be imminent, it could even be this week, but I don’t envisage an issue.”
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TIF Thoughts on Michael Bridge’s comments regarding Son Heung-min…
Considering the fact that Son still has two and a half years left to run on his current deal at Tottenham, the argument could be made that there is no rush in getting the winger to sign a new contract at present.
However, in our opinion, the fact that reports have claimed new contract talks have been ongoing since last year and there still being no announcement of any progression with the deal is indeed surprising, as Bridge states.
Having said that, with the journalist also claiming that an announcement could be imminent, as well as the fact he is unaware of any problems in the club’s talks with Son, this would appear to bode well to the chances an agreement with the 28-year-old being reached sooner rather than later.