Bayer Leverkusen Manager Has Parting Dig At ‘Ill-Advised’ Son Heung-Min As €30m Tottenham Move Draws Ever Closer

Chris Wright

27th, August 2015



Son’ll join Spurs tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar

Left with just a routine medical to pass before his €30million move can go through, it looks for all the world that Son Heung-Min is going to be a Tottenham player before the week is out.

The nimble South Korean forward is currently in London to hammer out the finer points of the transfer, but the colleagues he’s leaving behind at Bayer Leverkusen are feeling aggrieved by Son’s departure.

Indeed, Son was left out of the Leverkusen first team for Wednesday night’s Champions League play-off second legger against Lazio – the Bundesliga side advancing safely through to the group stages regardless courtesy of a 3-1 aggregate victory.

However, Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt was somewhat scathing of Son’s conduct when pressed for an update on the situation after the match.

Granted, it wasn’t much of a dig, but it was a dig all the same:

Son Heung-Min has decided he no longer wants to play for us. Son is a great player who has actually got not really good advice.

He has decided to do something that was not so nice for us as a team, so it was not ideal.

I can certainly understand that a player thinks about his career and would like to make a transfer at the right time. That is absolutely legitimate and ok. This is football business.

I think it’s a sad story. I wish this story would finish another way.

Son’s Leverkusen teammate Hakan Calhanoglu echoed his manager’s sentiments, also claiming the Korean has been “ill-advised”:

I think he is ill-advised. I have written to him, called him, but he hasn’t answered his phone.

I am very sad, clearly the whole team is a bit disappointed.

Way to tear the family apart, Son.

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  1. porcelain sandwich says:

    Fail to see how this is ill-advised. Son is better than Leverkusen. He’s actually better than Tottenham. Predicting great things from the lad.

    • Chris Wright says:

      @porcelain sandwich: He’s that perfect, brittle mix of potentially great/potentially flaky to suggest he’ll fit right in at Spurs – one way or another.

  2. Freundian says:

    They left out the part referring to the Lazio match last night, they said he was ‘ill advised’ to miss that because it was an important CL qualifier. They were NOT saying he’s been ill advised to join Spurs! His team-mate went on to wish him the best if his transfer goes through, this is bad journalism twisting quotes to make it the player look bad, whoever wrote this would fit right in at a gutter tabloid!

  3. ande says:

    They are not twisting quotes. Rudi Völler and Roger Schmidt were both obviously not delighted with the way Son handled this. Missing the decisive CL Qualifier (which is very important for a German club, as TV money is not as big over here) which Leverkusen entered with a 0-1 loss from the first game.

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