Military Service Was A ‘Special Experience’ – Tottenham Forward Son

This handout photo taken on May 8, 2020 and published on the official Facebook page of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps shows Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-min in military uniform receiving a prize during a basic military training completion ceremony at a marines boot camp in Jeju island. Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min was named one of the top five recruits in his unit as he finished three weeks of compulsory military training in South Korea on May 8. Handout / Republic of Korea Marine Corps / AFP


Tottenham forward, Son Heung-min has said his military service in South Korea was a “special experience.”

Son, 27, performed a three-week mandatory service in his native country in April just after recovering from a fractured arm.

While speaking about his experience during the service, he said he enjoyed it and he did everything possible to make the most of the moment.

He said, also, that he met some nice persons during the period even though it was tough.

“It’s not private, it was in newspapers everywhere! I had to wear the army suit (uniform). It was a special experience,” he told Spurs TV.

“These guys will never have that experience. I couldn’t say everything I did, but I really enjoyed it, the guys were nice. Three weeks were tough, but those experiences… I will never have those experiences. I tried to enjoy the three weeks.”

The player injured his arm in mid-February before the Premier League was suspended due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Matches in the Premier League will restart in June with Liverpool expected to win the trophy.

Tottenham Boss Mourinho ‘Desperate’ For Premier League Return

File: Tottenham Hotspur’s Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho reacts during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on December 26, 2019. Tolga AKMEN / AFP


Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says he is “desperate” for the return of Premier League action despite mounting concerns about the English top-flight’s restart plans.

Several stars including Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose have gone public with fears about resuming the season during the coronavirus crisis.

Some top-flight bosses are also understood to have expressed concerns about the plan to play from mid-June when they spoke during a League Managers Association meeting on Wednesday.

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But Mourinho said he would relish the chance to get back to work despite the challenges and risks posed by the pandemic.

“I have not asked for any delay,” Mourinho said in a statement on Thursday.

“I want to train, and I am desperate for the Premier League to return as soon as it is safe to do so, particularly now we are seeing other leagues preparing to return to action.”

Mourinho was forced to apologise in April after being spotted breaking lockdown restrictions to hold a training session with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in a public park.

Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko also had to say sorry after the Tottenham pair flouted social-distancing guidelines to train together.

Despite those incidents, Mourinho is happy with the way his squad have kept themselves fit during the lockdown.

“I am extremely proud of the way my players have maintained their fitness,” he said. “They have shown great professionalism, passion and dedication.

“We have all been working extremely hard through remote squad training sessions and isolated running now the pitches are available to use again at the training centre.

“Every player has been extremely committed in terms of their individual work and now we wait for clearance to commence working in small groups again, which I will fully support.”