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Tottenham's Son Heung-min shoots down transfer rumors

All News 22:39 July 19, 2016

LONDON, July 19 (Yonhap) -- Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean winger Son Heung-min on Tuesday shot down transfer rumors, saying he doesn't have time to worry about such speculation.

At a press conference at the Premier League club's training center, Son said he will embrace the competition with the Spur's new faces on offense.

The club recently acquired reigning Dutch league scoring champion Vincent Janssen, and they are also said to be nearing a deal with Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, who, like Son, plays on the flanks.

"There are always players that you have to battle for playing time, no matter which team you play for," he said. "There's no reason why I should fall behind in the competition. To win the battle, I have to get better myself."

Son chose to look ahead to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month. He has been picked as one of three "wild card" players -- those that are over the Olympic age limit of 23. The 24-year-old said while he doesn't want to discuss specific goals for the Olympics, he feels the "weight of responsibility" as one of the oldest players on the 18-man squad.

"I am older and more experienced than other players, and so I think I have to be their leader," he said. "I hope everyone will take the Olympics seriously. All the other countries will go for a medal, and we have to compete with a sense of responsibility."

South Korea will be making their eighth consecutive Olympic appearance. They have been paired with Fiji, Germany and Mexico in Group C.

While Germany, South Korea's second opponents, may be the favorites, Son said he won't want to look past the first match against Fiji.

"People seem to think we are supposed to beat Fiji, but I don't think we should get ahead of ourselves," Son said of the team that many feel will be the weakest in the group. "You have to play the game. As important as the German match will be, I think winning the first match is the most crucial."

Son joined the Spurs last August, after spending the previous five-plus seasons in the Bundesliga. After reaching double figures in goals in each of the past three seasons in Germany, Son was held to four goals in 28 matches for Tottenham.

He admitted it took him quite a while to adjust to the new league, but he's looking forward to his second full season in the Premier League.

"It's important to win the competition (within the team) and play in a lot of matches," Son said. "I won't try to do too much. I will take one step at a time."

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