Bayer Leverkusen captain critical of the way Heung-min Son left for Tottenham Hotspur

Lars Bender

Lars Bender was not pleased with the manner of Son's exit.

This summer Tottenham Hotspur went looking for reinforcements in the striking department after it became clear that both Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor were no longer wanted at the club.

In the end they brought in Clinton N’Jie from Lyon and spent their most money this summer on Bayer Leverkusen attacker Heung-min Son.

The South Korean forward cost £22 million from Leverkusen this summer, as reported by the BBC, and is being charged with helping Harry Kane bring the goals back to Tottenham Hotspur.

But one man left unhappy with the deal was Leverkusen captain Lars Bender. The Bayer star is quoted by Fussball Transfers as criticising the way the deal went ahead. He stated:

"This obviously makes me unhappy. A player expressing a transfer request is legitimate, that is part of this business - especially when the English call.

"Sonny did preseason with us and knew what the game meant to us against Lazio.

"Then to leave with so little time in the window is certainly not ideal, but we must stay calm."

It would appear then that Bender is not so much unhappy with Tottenham, but son, for the way he left. The club were on the brink of a fixture with Lazio in Champions League qualifying when Son made it clear that he wanted a move to London and left Bayer with little chance to replace him.

That being said Bender’s annoyance is of no concern to Tottenham. As long as Son does the trick in London they won’t care.

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