By Harvey Byrne
Schalke Sporting Director Christian Heidel has denied any interest in Tottenham attacker Son Heung-Min as he welcomed Nabil Bentaleb to the club.
The Bundesliga club announced the loan signing of Spurs midfielder Nabil Bentaleb on their website on Thursday, but insisted a move for his team-mate is not on the horizon.
“We are very pleased that Nabil Bentaleb chose us because of this transfer we have been working for six weeks,” said sporting director Christian Heidel to the Schalke website. “He is an aggressive, combative midfielder who increases the options in our squad for head coach Markus Weinzierl.”
Son, 24, has not featured for Mauricio Pochettino’s side yet this season amid reports he could be headed to one of a number of Bundesliga clubs, but Heidel has confirmed that he won’t be going to Schalke.
“Heung Min Son is an excellent footballer. We know him from his time at Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen, but he has nothing to do with us,” said Heidel, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter page.
Son joined Spurs from Bayer Leverusen last summer in a deal worth £25million, but has so far failed to live up to expectations at White Hart Lane.
The attacker played 41 times in all competitions for Pochettino’s side last season, scoring eight goals with five assists.
However, 18 of his appearances were made off of the bench as he slipped in the pecking order behind the likes of Christian Eriksen, Deli Alli and Erik Lamela.
Son was with Spurs for the first month of pre-season, before jetting out to Rio to represent his country in the Olympics.
The South Korean team had been hoping for another medal after scoring bronze at the London Olympics, but were knocked out by Honduras in the quarter-finals.
Heung-Min Son was said to be distraught after the defeat, with coach Shin Taeyong confirming on the Korea Football Association website that he “cried all day” after the Honduras match. Pochettino admitted the player was still ‘sad’ when he joined back up with his team-mates.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Danny Drinkwater has agreed a new long-term contract at Leicester, ending Spurs’ reported pursuit of the midfielder.