Mourinho admits Tottenham want player to stay at the club ‘for life’

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Jose Mourinho has admitted that there is a willingness from the Tottenham hierarchy as well as Son Heung-min’s representatives for the South Korean to stay at the club for the remainder of his playing career.

Son is arguably in the form of his life at the moment and seems to have taken his game to a new level this season.

The 28-year-old was crowned the Premier League’s Player of the Month for October and won the Korean Football Association Player of the Year Award for a record fifth time earlier in the week.

Mourinho previously admitted that the club are in talks with the forward to get him to put pen to paper on a new contract and multiple reports have suggested that the forward is close to committing his long-term future with Spurs.

The Tottenham boss has revealed that while there is a willingness from all parties to sign a new deal, the financial hit the club have taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the negotiations.

When asked about Son signing a new deal with Spurs, Mourinho told Football.London: “I’m not a money man, but I wouldn’t like to be the owner or the CEO of one of these football clubs living with this instability.

“How can you sign a new contract with a player? You don’t know what is going to happen next season.

“You don’t know if you can offer the player a better contract than they have now. I think it’s a very strange moment. I just trust Sonny and Mr Levy.

“I know that both, they want [him] to stay, if possible, for life, if possible until the end of the career, so I see Sonny signing a new contract here, but I don’t believe and I don’t even ask and I don’t even press for something to happen now because probably it’s not the right moment to happen.”

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The uncertainty regarding when the fans will be allowed to return is, no doubt, a major issue for football clubs as they cannot plan for the future without being able to estimate future revenue projections. The pandemic has come at a particularly bad time for Spurs due to the substantial debt the club owes on the stadium. However, we are fortunate that we have a shrewd operator like Daniel Levy at the helm.

For all the criticism that the Spurs chairman has got over the years for maintaining a tight wage structure, that has proven to be our saving grace in a time like this. One only looks at Arsenal’s financial issues to realise why we might have had a much bigger problem on our hands had the club handed out bumper contracts to ageing members of the squad.

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