Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has been singing the praises of his teammate Heung-min Son, but warns they will be fierce rivals when they face each other in the group stages of this year’s World Cup.

Bentancur only joined Spurs in January of this year, but has made a big impact in his time in North London. As a partner to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the centre of the Tottenham midfield, Bentancur’s presence is now considered key to Antonio Conte’s system.

The Uruguayan scored his first goal for the club against Leicester City before the international break, and now has two goal involvements in the opening eight games of this season (Transfermarkt).

He is also a key figure in the Uruguay national team, and recently won his 50th cap for the South American side (Transfermarkt).

Bentancur’s Uruguay team will be joined in Group H at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar by Ghana, Portugal, and South Korea. The latter, of course, is captained by Spurs star Heung-min Son.

Speaking to AUF TV (via ESPN), Bentancur admitted he is wary of facing the in-form attacker when their two nations go head to head on November 24.

He said: “[Son] is the strongest player South Korea have. I take advantage of it today as a teammate, but in the World Cup, we are going to be rivals.

“He has an impressive ability one-on-one, a speed that kills you, and he hits the ball very well with both feet. He’s going to be a very difficult rival.”

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Heung-min Son may have had a tough start to the season, but he certainly appears to have put that behind him now. With a hat-trick for Tottenham, and scoring again on international duty for South Korea, we expect Son to be hungry for more heading into the World Cup.

It will be great to see the Spurs players competing against each other on the world stage this winter, and we can’t wait to see who comes out on top between Bentancur and Son in November.

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