By Alex McLeish

30th Jul, 2021 | 6:00pm

Ex-manager thrilled by 'brilliant Tottenham re-signing' after Son reveal

Alex McLeish has admitted he thought Heung-min Son could leave Tottenham before his new contract was announced.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager insisted the 29-year-old’s deal is “brilliant news” for the Lilywhites.

As confirmed by Tottenham last week (July 23rd), Son has signed a new four-year contract in north London.

His old terms were set to expire in the summer of 2023.

The winger has been a mainstay for Spurs since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.

However, McLeish admitted he questioned whether the 91-cap international would remain in north London.

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As such, he insisted keeping the attacker on board would be a “dream” for Spurs.

“I think that’s a brilliant re-signing,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“I had my doubts that Son would stay but that is brilliant news for Tottenham fans.

“He’s been an integral part of any of the marginal success Spurs have had over the past few years. Champions League finals and all that stuff.

“He’s shown some fantastic, world-class performances against top-class clubs. I remember the Man United 6-1 game a couple of years ago.

“He’s just a dream of a footballer, a dream of a player to have in your squad.”

Tottenham now have nine first-team players tied down until 2025, while Bryan Gil’s contract runs until 2026.

Son scored 22 goals and contributed 17 assists in 51 appearances across all competitions for Spurs last season.

He has a total of 280 games under his belt for the Lilywhites, as well as 91 caps for South Korea.

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