Heung Min-Son has pledged a promise to South Korean fans that he will perform well at this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil.
Son, 24, is one of three over-aged players called up for the South Korean squad travelling to Rio and is undoubtedly the most high-profile member of Shin Tae-Yong’s 18-man party.
As such, there will be expectancy on his shoulders to produce the goods for his team who will be dependent on his attacking quality in the final third, but Son says the prospect of playing in the games is one which fills him with great excitement.
“Even when I was playing preseason matches for Tottenham, I was thinking a lot about the Olympics,” Son told reporters. “I travelled about 36 hours to get here, and it brought back memories of the World Cup two years ago.
“I have a different feeling than what I had at the World Cup two years ago,” he said. “Lots of the World Cup memories popped into my head while I was on the plane, and I especially remember showing tears after the game against Belgium.”
Son was a member of the previous South Korean team to compete at the Olympics four years ago, during which they had their most successful campaign, defeating hosts Great Britain en route to winning a bronze medal.
The Tottenham forward acknowledged the fact their previous performance puts more pressure on them to do well this time around, as well as admitting his senior role in this squad will make it important for him to help the younger players settle into the tournament.
“I feel a bit of pressure because we need to achieve a good result like in London, but I will try my best to meet our fans’ expectations,” Son added. “I’m sorry to join the squad late, but I will prepare thoroughly and show a good performance.
“I think I will have to be friends with the young teammates as our age gap is only about one or two years.
“I might feel a little awkward because I will meet most of the players for the first time, but I know I have to adjust to them quickly.”
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