Son Heung-min says it’s ‘unfair’ to discuss his future at Tottenham after COVID-19 pandemic delayed contract talks as club look to tie him down to new £200,000-per-week deal
- Son Heung-min says it is not the right time to talk about extending his Spurs deal
- The South Korean’s contract expires in 2023 but Spurs want to offer new terms
- Negotiations have been paused because of the coronavirus pandemic
- Son’s partnership with Harry Kane has been vital for Jose Mourinho’s side
Son Heung-min says it is not the right time to discuss whether he is going to sign a new contract at Tottenham.
The South Korean has been one of the stars of the season for Spurs, who are keen to tie him down on a bumper new deal.
But negotiations have paused because of the coronavirus pandemic, with boss Jose Mourinho saying it is indecent for players to be earning big pay rises when much of the world is suffering.
Son Heung-min has said it is not the right time to discuss a new Spurs contract
Son (right) has led the way for Jose Mourinho’s (left) side this season alongside Harry Kane
Son, whose current deal runs until 2023, is of the same mindset but insists he is happy in north London.
‘It’s a bit unfair to talk about a new contract at the moment, I am focused on the games and my team and that is the most important thing at the moment,’ he said ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Austrian side Wolfsberger.
‘I’m happy to be here and I’m working hard as a player and the team. It’s a bit unfair to talk about a new contract.’
Last month reports stated Spurs were ‘confident’ Son would stay beyond 2023 and agree to a 25 percent increase on his £150,000 weekly wage once talks resumed, meaning the South Korean would be on a bumper £200,000-a-week deal.
Discussions reportedly stalled due to Son changing representatives as well as the ongoing coronavirus crisis and its impact on Spurs’ financial situation.
It has been Son’s form this season that has prompted the club to want to tie him down as, in partnership with Harry Kane, he has led the way for Mourinho’s side.
The South Korean is happy at Spurs but negotiations have paused during the pandemic
At one point they were top of the Premier League, but a dramatic drop in form – they have won just three of their last 12 games – has seen them slide down the table and they are now outsiders for the top four.
But Son claims the mood in the dressing room is good and everyone remains behind Mourinho.
Asked whether the Portuguese had lost the dressing room, he said: ‘The rumours are just rumours. Our changing room has been fantastic.
‘Obviously it depends on the results. I’m very sad if we lose and happy when we win. It’s like everyone else. The mood went down when we had a couple of bad results but the dressing room hasn’t changed.
‘Everyone is happy and having a laugh and focused on every game. It is a bad rumour.’