Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho has urged fans not to worry about the future of forward Son Heung-min, whom he expects to sign a new contract once the global pandemic has died down.
Spurs' desire to tie Son down to a new deal has been known for months, but with nothing signed as of yet, a section of supporters have voiced their concerns over whether they may be forced to part ways with one of their most influential players.
Son still has two years remaining on his contract, so there is no immediate rush to get a deal done anyway, but Mourinho insisted that fans will just have to be patient while negotiations continue.
“Son is not a problem, he has a contract still for a couple of years if I am not wrong, maybe even three," Mourinho said (via football.london) after Sunday's 2-0 win over West Brom. "I believe, just to wait for the right moment to do it.
“Probably this situation with the world where we are, the COVID situation, I do not think it is the right moment for players and clubs to discuss contracts with so many people losing jobs and not working and difficulties. I believe that when the sun shines again for the world, I believe the club and Sonny, they are going to arrive quite easily to a conclusion.”
Son returned to the score sheet on Sunday, ending a run of five Premier League games without a goal, and he was joined by the returning Harry Kane, who was a surprise inclusion in the starting lineup after recovering from an ankle injury.
"He is one of the best strikers in the world. Period," Mourinho said of Kane. "There is nothing else to say.
"The team depends a lot on him, we can't hide that. It's the goals he can score, the assists he can make, the link play he has, that personality that the players can have and he is always an important influence for us.
"Today I was promising I was not going to speak about individuals because I am so happy with the compromise of the players to win the game and close this negative series of three defeats, but with the question it is hard to run away from it. He is a very important player."
The victory ended a run of three straight losses for Mourinho's side. Spurs now sit eighth in the Premier League table, four points off the top four with a game in hand.
Source : 90min