Jose Mourinho reveals he is learning a seventh language out of respect for Spurs star

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho is reported to be currently learning Korean in order to improve further his communication with Heung-min Son (The Sun).

The Portuguese is already comfortably in conversing in six different languages; Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Italian and wants to add Korean to his list after believing that it is respectful to embrace the culture of his players.

Son is already fluent in English, having given numerous interviews to the media in the past (Sky Sports).

The South Korean has been at Tottenham since he joined the club from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and has established himself as one of the club’s main attacking threats after a difficult start to life in North London (BBC).

Last season, the 28-year-old scored 18 goals in 41 matches in all competitions for Tottenham (transfermarkt) and headed back to his home country in April to complete his mandatory three-week military service (Korea Herald).

Speaking at the launch of the club’s Amazon documentary All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur, the Spurs head coach said as quoted by The Sun:  “Communication is very important when I am with the group, I have to go to the native language, which everybody  understands.

“It’s respectful to the culture of the club to speak the language of the individuals in it. In the series it was a Portuguese group of coaching staff, although we now also have an English coach in Ledley King.

“And with the players,  I jump into their language — that is why I am learning Korean.”

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