Tottenham's Son Heung-min celebrates
Tottenham Hotspur winger Heung-min Son has told the Daily Mail that Ruud van Nistelrooy had a major impact on his career during their time together at Hamburg.
Spurs head to Bayer Leverkusen for a huge Champions League clash this evening, just days after drawing 1-1 away at West Bromwich Albion in the Champions League.
Tottenham's Son Heung-min scores their first goal
Whilst the game is important for all Spurs players having one won and lost one of their two Champions League group games, the clash is extra special for winger Heung-min Son.
The 24-year-old wide man has been the star of the show over the last six weeks, hitting five goals and two assists in his last seven Spurs games, including the winner in the last Champions League outing against CSKA Moscow.
Heung-min Son celebrating scoring for Hamburg
Tonight though, Son travels back to Germany to take on his former club Bayer Leverkusen, and the game will no doubt take the winger back to his days in the Bundesliga.
Before his 29 goals in 87 games for Leverkusen, which earned him his 2015 move to Tottenham, Son made his name with Hamburg, where he scored 20 times in 78 games.
As he gears up for his return to Germany, Son has spoken to the Daily Mail about his return, and even opened up on his relationship with former Manchester United hero Ruud van Nistelrooy during their time together at Hamburg.
Ruud van Nistelrooy at Hamburg
Son stated that Van Nistelrooy helped him a lot at Hamburg moving moved from South Korea at a young age, and told him that he was a good player, given him great confidence.
"Ruud helped me a lot," said Son. "He saw my first training session and he talked to me. He told me I was a good player. He gave me confidence and I want to thank him for that. We had a really good team and were successful for a time with him," he added.