By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
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Heung-Min Son has revealed Tottenham have given him the green light to miss the start of the next Premier League season.
The South Korea international has been given special dispensation after informing the club he wants to play for his country in this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil.
This comes after a report claimed last month that Son could be the most high-profile casualty of the team’s collapse in the final month of the season.
It is said the Londoners want to recoup the £22million they paid for the attacking midfielder when they signed him from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.
Speaking on Wednesday, Son revealed Spurs have told him he can play at the Olympics but the two parties have not yet reached an agreement on the timing.
“My club told me that I can play for the Rio Games, but what’s important is the timing of my release,” Son said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency. “I want to join the Olympic team quickly and play with teammates.”
Son made 40 appearances in all competitions for Spurs in his debut campaign, scoring eight goals and supplying five assists, and scored two goals in the final four matches of the season as the team slumped badly to end in third place in the Premier League.
The Olympic Games take place in Brazil from 3 to 20 August and the football tournament predominantly features players aged 23 and under, supplemented by a maximum of three over-age players in each squad.
Son will turn 24 in July and is looking to play at the 2016 Games as an over-age player.
The South Korea manager previously said he wants to assemble the team in early July for training after announcing the 18-man squad on 27 June.
But Tottenham reportedly want to release Son later than South Korea’s proposed date. Son said he will soon talk with the Korea Football Association and with his club employers about his release date.
Son, who has won 46 senior caps for South Korea, is an established international and is currently with the national team ahead of international friendlies against Spain and Czech Republic.
In other Tottenham news, the club have been given a double boost in their bid to beat Arsenal to a Bundesliga sensation.