‘SON re-signing is still on the table’ Spurs exercise option for one-year extension…”through summer 2026″
October 26, 2023 | by bookmeforphotographers.com
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly planning to use a one-year extension option on Son Heung-min, 31, instead of signing him to a new contract.
“Tottenham’s next ‘big deal’ will be a one-year extension for Son Heung-min,” The Athletic reported on Sept. 26 (KST) in a report on the renewal status of 20 Premier League (PL) clubs.
“Tottenham captain Son’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, but Spurs have an option to extend it by one year. This will be exercised at some point.”
Son has been with Tottenham for nine seasons since joining the club in the summer of 2015. He has been linked with a number of transfers as he has developed into one of the PL’s top strikers, but has shown his loyalty by signing two new contracts in 2018 and 2021.
In particular, Son surprised many by extending his contract for two more years before it expired in July 2021. At the time, Tottenham were facing a lot of noise at the club, including the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho and the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo, so he was once again linked with a move away. However, he didn’t hesitate long before signing the contract offered to him by Tottenham, endearing him to many fans.
In the meantime, Son has been at the top of his game and has become Tottenham’s living legend. He struggled to settle in in his first season with the club, scoring eight goals and providing six assists across all competitions, but has since gone on to score double-digit PL goals in seven consecutive seasons and 20+ impressive attacking points in seven consecutive seasons.
His career numbers alone are staggering. To date, Son has scored 152 goals and provided 77 assists in 382 games in a Tottenham shirt. Since Tottenham’s inception in 1882, only five players have scored more goals than Son – Kane (273), Jimmy Greaves (266), Bobby Smith (208), Martin Chivers (174) and Cliff Jones (159). It’s entirely possible that Son could pass Jones into sole possession of fifth place this season.
He was the PL’s top scorer in the 2021-2022 season. He won the Golden Boot alongside Mohamed Salah after scoring 23 goals in the league that season. This season, he is tied for second in the league with Salah with seven goals in nine league games, trailing leader Elling Holland (nine).
His individual accolades are equally impressive. Over the past eight years, Son has amassed a myriad of accolades, including the 2020-2021 PFA Team of the Year, the 2020 Fuskas Award, Ballon d’Or nominations in 2019 (22nd) and 2022 (11th), four PL Player of the Month awards, Tottenham Hotspur Legends Player of the Year for the 2019-2020 season, and Tottenham Hotspur’s Goal of the Decade. He’s a living piece of Tottenham history.
Naturally, there have been calls to re-sign him. After all, not only is he leading the team brilliantly as captain this season, but he’s also been transformed into a central striker under Ange Postecoglou, and his decision-making has become even sharper. Tottenham have no reason not to hold onto him.
They’ve been linked with a new deal for Son since last month. Paul O’Keefe, who is privy to Tottenham’s inner circle, said, “Tottenham are looking to extend the contract of captain Son Heung-min. Informal talks have already taken place.” “I hope there are no problems. To be honest, Heung-min is very loyal.”
“I would be stunned if Son is not offered a new contract,” said Alasdair Gold, a reporter for Football London, adding, “He has only two years left on his contract. Tottenham will care about him. He is the captain of the club. I think signing him to a new contract is a great move,” he added.
If Heung-min signs another new contract with Tottenham, it’s possible he’ll finish his career with the club. Tottenham fans also responded with comments such as “He deserves it,” “Please extend his contract to a lifetime,” and “I hope he retires with Tottenham. All the fans want it,” and “Please extend his contract for the rest of his life,” and “Retire with Tottenham.
However, it appears that Spurs are looking to extend his contract instead of re-signing him. According to The Athletic, the plan is to extend his contract through the summer of 2026, with a one-year option to extend, and then think about re-signing later.
It makes sense for Spurs. There’s no reason for the club to give up the option. It’s not too late to see how Heung-min performs for one more season and then make a move.
However, we can’t rule out the possibility of offering a multi-year deal to lock him in. As early as last summer, Saudi Arabian teams with oil money were on his radar. The way they treat their captain and club legend could be enough to convince him to re-sign early.
Unlike Son, Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier are expected to remain with the club. “There is no big debate about Joris and Dyer, who are the longest-serving Spurs players,” says The Athletic. Tottenham will not attempt to extend either player’s contract.”
The same goes for another veteran player, Ivan Perisic, and backup goalkeeper Fraser Forster. “Perisic’s contract is also about to expire, but he is out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury and is 34 years old. Spurs will not attempt to sign him to a long-term deal. Foster would also be a fairly easy signing.”
Other players who could be on the chopping block include Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso, as well as out-loaned Japhet Tanganga and Troy Parrott. Tanguy Ndombele, who is on loan at Galatasaray, also has two years left on his contract, but it is very likely that he will not be offered a new deal.
Meanwhile, another Korean Premier League player, Hwang Hee-chan, looks set to re-sign with Wolverhampton this summer. He has been on fire this season, scoring five league goals. 굿모닝토토
“Hwang has started the new season in strong goal-scoring form and has two years left on his contract at the end of the season,” said The Athletic. It would be surprising if Wolverhampton don’t formally open contract talks with him soon.”