Son Heung-min insists ‘money doesn’t matter’ as Tottenham star dismisses links ‘with a £51m move to Saudi Pro League champions Al-Ittihad’
- Spurs attacker Heung Min-Son is hesitant to join Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia
- The Saudi Pro League champions are preparing a £51million offer for him
- Spurs do not want to sell their star, who has scored 145 goals for the club
Tottenham ace Son Heung-min is reluctant to move to Saudi Arabia despite interest from Al-Ittihad.
Last year’s Saudi Pro League champions have been preparing to launch a £51million bid for the South Korean talisman but Spurs are expected to resist their overtures.
The Saudi club have already signed Karim Benzema from Real Madrid and are anticipated to secure the services of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Al-Ittihad have reportedly approached the forward with an offer of a four-year deal with £26m-a-season.
But he seems intent on staying with the north London side, where he has amassed 145 goals in 372 games and cemented his status as one of the Premier League’s best players.
Son Heung-Min is reluctant to move to Saudi Arabia despite Al-Ittihad offering £26m per year
Former Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo led Al-Ittihad to their first league title in 14 years
‘I have many things to do in the Premier League. Money doesn’t matter to me now, and the pride of playing football, to play in my favourite league is important,’ the South Korea captain said while on international duty.
‘I’ll prepare well when I’m back to Spurs.’
The 30-year-old admitted earlier this month that he had ‘struggled significantly’ last season because he was forced to play with pain for nine months.
Son, who lifted the joint Premier League Golden Boot award last summer with Mo Salah on 23 goals, scored 10 goals this season and struggled for form.
Spurs themselves were not at their best, with a tumultuous campaign seeing them stumble to eighth in the Premier League.
Should Son make the move to Al-Ittihad, he would be reunited with former Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who led the Saudi Arabian side to the title last season.
Earlier this month, the Saudi Public Investment Fund acquired 75 per cent ownership stakes in four of the nation’s biggest clubs – Al-Ittihad, Al-Nassr, Al-Ahli, and Al-Hilal – with the goal of positioning top talent at each team.