It is not expected that the South Korean star will leave Spurs soon after a good start to the season.
Son Heung-min wishes to end his career at Tottenham and is therefore not worried about postponed contract talks. Jose Mourinho is persuaded.
Son has now been at Spurs for more than five years and has been the main player for much of the time. In the recent North London derby, his goal against Arsenal saw him hit double figures for a fifth consecutive Premier League season.
The difference this term, however, is that in just 12 matches he has reached that stage and also got four assists, while under Mourinho his haul of 18 league goals is surprisingly almost double his predicted goals (xG) rating of 9.3.
His partnership with Harry Kane has been especially noteworthy, as the pair have already combined this term for 12 goals in the Premier League, one less than the record for a single campaign (Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton in 1994-95).
Son is signed to Spurs until 2023, ensuring there is no rush for the club to tie the 28-year-old down, although reports have indicated in recent months that both sides want a new deal.
However, considering the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, Mourinho doesn’t expect it to come soon, not that he’s overly worried.
“No, I don’t have any news,” Mourinho said when asked about negotiations over new terms for the winger, who won the South Korean Footballer of the Year award again on Tuesday.
“To be frank, this instability around culture, clubs and football… we’ve got 2,000 people [at the booths], we’re expecting a few weeks later, a few weeks later, a couple of weeks later, we’re expecting more people, a couple of weeks later, a couple of weeks later, more profits.
I’m not a man of wealth, but I don’t want to be the owner or CEO of one of the major clubs with all this instability. How will a player sign a new deal with you?
Kane was vital to Spurs’ rise to the top of the Premier League, like Son, with the England hero boasting an impressive record of nine goals and 10 assists in 12 appearances.
Since Mourinho took charge, Kane has also scored 18 goals (excluding penalties) in the Premier League, outperforming his xG figure by 5.1.