Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min says he feels younger than 27 and aims to improve once again this season.
The South Korea international scored 20 goals in all competitions last season as Spurs once again finished in the top four and reached a first-ever Champions League final.
At 27, Son is now entering his prime and despite already playing a key role in Mauricio Pochettino’s side, he’s striving to get even better this forthcoming term.
“I’m 27 now but I think I’m still young, with many things to do,” he told reporters at Spurs’ pre-season tour in Shanghai.
“The players a little younger or older than me, we all [feel like] young players – still hungry, wanting to be better and to be there.
“This is the most important thing. I’m never satisfied, always hungry, wanting better. This is the aim this season if I’m 22 or 27, it doesn’t matter. Young players look forward to being better and can’t wait to play.”
Although their exploits in Europe last season drew widespread praise, Spurs are still awaiting a first trophy since the 2008 League Cup, something which Son aims to put right sooner rather than later.
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“We need a trophy but it’s always been tough,” he added. “We play in the Premier League, winning the title against 20 teams, it’s never been easy. Of course, we’re playing to win something but we can’t promise. We’re working hard. We can’t say if it’s the right time to win a trophy or not.
“We see the players, how they work and be professional, it’s amazing. I’m so proud of this team but until now we don’t have anything. It’s tough. We’re looking to succeed. Of course, we were close to the Champions League. We want to do better this season.”
Spurs in good shape for 2018/19: Five key things to know…
- Spurs finished fourth and reached the UCL final last season.
- The north Londoners completed the signing of Tanguy Ndombele (£55.5m) on July 2.
- He and Jack Clarke are Spurs’ first signings since Lucas Moura in January 2018.
- Spurs beat Juventus 3-2 in their first pre-season game on Sunday.
- Son insists the club are aiming for silverware in 2019/20.