Son Heung-min believes it is “really sad” that Jose Mourinho did not win a trophy at Tottenham and described him as still being among the best in the world.
Mourinho was fired by Tottenham last month after a sharp decline in form. They topped the table shortly earlier in the season and were out of contention for the title. However, they went into an alarming decline and a top-four finish now looks unlikely.
Spurs fired Mourinho shortly before their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. The timing of the decision seemed strange, as many believed the reason he had stuck to his job was due to the impending event.
Tottenham continued to lose the final under interim manager Ryan Mason, meaning their long wait for silverware continues.
Their next manager will try to flip their fortunes, but so far it is unclear who it may be. As things stand, the Spurs team is simply working to close the season strongly under Mason.
But some have still reflected on the end of Mourinho. Son is the latest player to have spoken about his departure.
One of the players who flourished most under the Portuguese tactician, Son gave an honest view of Mourinho’s time in north London.
“It’s always sad when someone loses their daily job,” Son said TV3 Sport (via HITC). “After working with him for 17 or 18 months, it has been up and down, it has been good, and sometimes we have not been so good.
“I think for me and my memory that he will still be one of the best leaders in the world.
“It’s just so sad that he did not succeed. It was really sad because he’s the guy who wins everything.
“It was the only team he didn’t have success, so I’m really sorry about that kind of thing.”
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Son has scored 16 goals and given 10 assists in the Premier League this season, from 33 appearances. Mourinho was his manager for 14 of those goals and nine of those assists.
However, he does not appear to have been too affected by Mourinho’s exit on the pitch. He recorded an assist for one of the goals of Gareth Bale’s hat-trick against Sheffield United on Sunday before scoring himself in spectacular style.
New deal closed for Son
Son remains under contract until 2023, but reports late last month suggested he could be close to extending that deal.
That Daily star reported that he was in the final stages of negotiations, although the future of his strike partner Harry Kane is still unclear.
The former Bayer Leverkusen frontman is expected to write on paper about a deal that has been on the table since September.
Prior to the conversation about the new contract, there had been rumors that Son would move on this summer.
Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were both rumors of having an interest. However, it now appears that the 28-year-old will extend his stay in England for some years to come.
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