Heung-min Son, Erik Lamela sign contract extensions at Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur have tied down South Korea attacker Son Heung-min and Argentina winger Erik Lamela on long term contracts.football Updated: Jul 20, 2018 23:06 IST
Son Heung-min has been rewarded for his growing importance at Tottenham with a new five-year contract.
The South Korea international, who joined from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015, has pledged his future to the London club until the end of the 2022-23 season.
Son, 26, has steadily taken on a more prominent role under Mauricio Pochettino and featured 37 times in the Premier League last term, including 27 starts.
His 26 league goals over the past two seasons have eased the burden on star striker Harry Kane and helped Spurs to consecutive top-three finishes.
Son became the top Asian goalscorer in Premier League history with the winner against Crystal Palace last November, surpassing the tally of 19 set by former Manchester United man Park Ji-sung.
An international since 2010, Son scored twice for South Korea at the recent World Cup in Russia, opening his account in a 2-1 loss to Mexico in Group F.
The second came in stoppage time of a famous 2-0 victory over Germany, which confirmed the reigning champions’ shock early exit from the tournament.
Son joins Kane and Pochettino in agreeing fresh terms at Spurs since last season. Pochettino signed a five-year contract in May, while Kane’s new six-year deal was confirmed last month.
Erik Lamela has followed fellow Tottenham forward Son Heung-min in signing a new contract, committing his future to the club to 2022.
Son agreed a five-year deal earlier on Friday and Lamela has also agreed to extend his time at Tottenham by signing fresh terms.
Although his career has been disrupted by injury in recent years, Lamela made 25 Premier League appearances last term as Spurs qualified for the Champions League again.
And although Tottenham are yet to make any new signings ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, new contracts for Son and the Argentine are a positive boost for manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Lamela has scored 23 goals in 154 appearances for Spurs and joins players including Davinson Sanchez, Harry Winks and England captain Harry Kane in signing extensions since the end of the 2017-18 season.
Pochettino also signed a new five-year deal in May, but the future of centre-back Toby Alderweireld remains in doubt as the Belgium international has entered the last year of his deal.
Alderweireld, who helped Belgium finish third at the World Cup, has been linked with clubs including Manchester United.
First Published: Jul 20, 2018 18:15 IST