Son credits Tottenham fan favourite with transforming him into a Premier League star
By Harvey Byrne
Son Heung-min has credited Tottenham fan favourite Rafael van der Vaart with helping to lay the foundations for him becoming Premier League star.
The South Korea international left his home country in 2008 to join the youth team of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
Van Der Vaart left Germany and Hamburg for Real Madrid the same year, but it was during the Netherlands international’s second spell at the club, in which Son states that the former Spurs star helped him.
Both players played in Hamburg for one year before Son left for Bayer Leverkusen and the current White Hart Lane attacker has revealed van der Vaart taught him about the English game.
“Also Rafael van der Vaart came and he helped me,” revealed Son in Spurs’ pre-match press conference before their clash against Leverkusen, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
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“He told me more about English football and how tough it was. I was only young. I listened to him and tried to learn from what he was saying.”
Van der Vaart played with Tottenham for two years between 2010 and 2012 and established himself as a favourite with the fans due to his ability on the ball.
Meanwhile, Son is also now establishing himself as one of the favourites with the supporters after an impressive start to the new campaign that included him winning the Premier League player of the month award for September.
He has scored five goals in seven appearances for the north London side this season and will be expected to line up against former side Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday.
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