Son driven to follow in Park’s footsteps

Date published: Thursday 10th September 2015 1:16

Son Heung-min: Has hopes of going to Brazil

Son Heung-Min hopes to emulate Park Ji-sung and claims Tottenham have instructed him not to have a red car because of the rivalry with Arsenal.

Mauricio Pochettino signed the South Korean from Bayer Leverkusen late in the transfer window and the £22million recruit could make his debut against Sunderland on Sunday.

But as he settles into life at White Hart Lane, Son admitted: “Tottenham officials have already told me I can’t even buy a red car. I’m very excited to play against Arsenal.

“Whatever match I play, I want to score goals. Since I’m a forward, my goal-scoring record will speak for me.”

Son has been on Pochettino’s radar since before the Spurs manager joined the club from Southampton in 2014.  The forward is delighted to be working under the Argentine coach and believes Spurs’ “aggressive” style of play will help to settle quickly.

He said: “After I signed the contract and met him in the first meeting, he joked by asking,: ’Why didn’t you come when I was managing Southampton?’

“Tottenham plays aggressive football, which I like very much, and I like to pressure opponents from the front. I think I can be a better player if I train under Pochettino.”

As the most expensive Asian player ever, Son understands the expectations on him from back home, but the 23-year-old insists comparisons with former Manchester United star Park Ji-sung are premature.

Son said: “Ji-sung goes down in the history of Korean football as one of the greatest players. Just before the 2011 Asian Cup, I was his roommate.

“From my younger days, I watched him and his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo expand my dream. The title of Park Ji-sung’s successor is too heavy. I’m still far behind him, and there is a lot of pressure to have a title like that, but I’m working hard to become better.

“I know Tottenham brought me here with big expectations. I know I have to do well, but instead of leaping forward in one big step, I would like to do it step by step. And then I believe good results will follow.

“Since there are so many good players in the Premier League, I want to challenge every one of them.

“Last season, I was happy I played at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the Champions League, but at the same time, I also felt there are many things I have to develop more. I want to visit Old Trafford, but Tottenham has already played an away game against Manchester United.”

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