Former PL manager admits he had ‘doubts’ whether Spurs star would stay

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Alex McLeish has admitted that he thought Heung-min Son could have left Tottenham before the South Korean penned a new long-term contract with the club this summer.

The future of Harry Kane has arguably been the biggest transfer saga of the summer, with Manchester City expected to test Tottenham’s resolve.

With the new season just over two weeks away, there is still no clarity over Kane’s future, with some sources claiming that the England captain is expected to push for a move.

Given the uncertainty surrounding Kane, it thus came as a huge relief for Spurs fans when the club announced two weeks ago that Son had agreed on a new long-term extension.

On signing the deal, the South Korean insisted that it was an easy decision, admitting that the club now feels like home.

McLeish saw the development as a major boost for the Lilywhites, describing the forward as ‘a dream of a footballer’.

When asked about Son’s contract extension, the former Birmingham City boss told Football Insider: “I think that’s a brilliant re-signing.

“I had my doubts that Son would stay but that is brilliant news for Tottenham fans.

“He’s been an integral part of any of the marginal success Spurs have had over the past few years. Champions League finals and all that stuff.

“He’s shown some fantastic, world-class performances against top-class clubs. I remember the Man United 6-1 game a couple of years ago.

“He’s just a dream of a footballer, a dream of a player to have in your squad.”

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If we had lost both Kane and Son this summer, I am not sure we would have been able to recover from that blow for several years, irrespective of who we replaced them with.

So, it was essential that the club did everything in their power to convince the South Korean to sign a new deal.

The fact that he seems to love the club so much certainly worked in our favour as other players in his position would have seriously pushed for a move.

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