Tottenham winger Son Heung-min asked Mauricio Pochettino to let him leave the club back in 2016, according to the Evening Standard.
The South Korean international has had an amazing season, fighting back the effects of fatigue to propel Tottenham forwards with regularity as a thin, tired squad has toiled at times.
But it hasn’t always been so easy and after being crowned Premier League Player of the Year at the London Football Awards last night, he explained just how close he came to leaving north London.
Speaking about the period after the 2015/16 campaign – his first in England – Son said: “I came close to leaving. I went to the gaffer’s office and told him I didn’t feel comfortable and wanted to leave for Germany.”
“The gaffer trusted me and I am so grateful. He made my dream come true. I am more than grateful; it is difficult to say. It is just amazing.”
Tottenham must be relieved that Pochettino was reluctant to let Son leave the club as he has flourished into arguably their player of the season.
With injuries throughout the squad, Son’s boundless energy and goal threat has been absolutely vital to Tottenham’s campaign so far.
It’s staggering to think that he came so close to leaving north London before his career in English football had a chance to flourish.