Poch says Son would have QUIT Spurs if they’d banned him from Asian Games

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO claims Son Heung-min would no longer be at Tottenham if he’d been prevented from playing in the Asian Games last season.The former Spurs boss reckons he stopped the South Korean superstar from military service – which could have resulted in him leaving the club – by letting him play for his country against their continental rivals.2 Son would have quit Spurs if club had banned him from Asian GamesSon captained his nation to the gold medal at the 2018 tournament in Indonesia – and as a result earned exemption from South Korea’s mandatory 21-month military service.The Asian Games are not part of Fifa’s official calendar, so Spurs had to agree to release Son, who had recently signed a new long-term contract.He missed three matches at the start of last season and then another chunk in January when he skippered South Korea at the Asian Cup.Pochettino, who was sacked by Tottenham in November, believes he deserves more credit for releasing patriotic Son and ultimately saving the star’s Spurs career.He said: “No one talks about this. Today, Sonny is at Tottenham because we allowed him to go and play two competitions that weren’t compulsory.”By not being selfish and saying, ‘No, Sonny needs to stay here because of the club.’”If not, two years and you would need to stop the contract with Son. No one says anything about that. It was our decision to provide him the time to go.”TOTTENHAM NEWS LIVE: FOLLOW LATEST SPURS UPDATESPochettino was axed after Tottenham’s poor start to this season.It was widely claimed he had lost his focus after their defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League Final last June.But Pochettino denied this and told the High Performance Podcast: “I was thinking to build again, because when you are so competitive and you are a winner, you are not stuck in the past.“You lose, but you want to win again tomorrow.“I wasn’t knocked because we didn’t win the final, we wanted to take a massive experience for us, learn and be ready again for the next season.2MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year“We were fighting for the top four at the same time we were fighting to be in the Champions League Final.“If you lift the trophy, you are very successful. But second is a failure, no? We are not thinking like this but, of course, that makes you sad.“Of course people recognise the job was fantastic, but to finish winning the Champions League would have been amazing.”Lucas Moura bursts into tears as Tottenham are dumped out of Champions League by RB Leipziglast_img