Tottenham Hotspur attacker Son Heung-min has told Ham&High that he wants to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The 23-year-old, who can play as a winger, attacking midfielder or forward, has revealed that he wants to play for the South Korea national football team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“Why not? It’s a very nice tournament and competition, and every player wants to go to play there,” Son told Ham&High.
“I’ve played in the World Cup and Asian Cup and I haven’t played in the Olympics. We’ll see what happens. We’re still waiting for the decision so I can’t say anything.”
While it is great that Son wants to play for his country in the Olympics, the problem is that it will affect Tottenham.
The men’s football tournament in Rio will be held from August 3 to August 20, while Spurs will kick off their new league campaign on the weekend of August 13.
This means that the 23-year-old will miss pre-season preparation - or at least part of it - and potentially two Premier League matches for the North London outfit.
This could be a problem for Tottenham, especially if they do not sign a back-up striker to support Harry Kane in the summer transfer window..
Head coach Mauricio Pochettino will surely want all of his players ready, fit and refreshed for the 2016-17 Premier League campaign.
Son has scored four goals and created 17 chances in 27 Premier League appearances for Tottenham this season.