Danny Murphy takes thinly-veiled jab at Tottenham after Heung-Min Son contract renewal



Former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at Tottenham by claiming that Heung-Min Son’s decision to sign a new contract with the club was ‘strange’.

The South Korean frontman has been nothing short of incredible since joining Spurs from German side Bayer Leverkusen back in the summer of 2015.

Son has netted 107 goals and provided a further 64 assists in 280 games for the Lillywhites, numbers that read even more impressive when you consider he isn’t an out and out striker.

Tottenham fans, therefore, were left delighted when the club announced on Saturday that he had penned a new long-term deal with the club, keeping him in north London for at least another four years.

Similarly, Spurs’ local rivals Arsenal announced that young midfielder Emile Smith Rowe signed a new deal with the Gunners this week.

However, Murphy has claimed that the two situations are extremely different as he considers Arsenal to be a bigger club.

“That’s a very different thing,” Murphy told talkSPORT when asked about the two renewals.

“Son is 29, so he is in a much more content frame of mind where he knows what he likes, where he is and how he enjoys his environment.

“Financially, he is fine and he is in last chance saloon, which is why I said what said that it is a little bit stranger because he is nearing the end and it’s highly unlikely he is going to win silverware at Tottenham in the next few years.

“Emile Smith Rowe, on the other hand, has wonderful talent a big fan of his. It’s not relevant when you are that age. He’s also at a bigger club, more successful in the last decade and 20 years. It’s trying to get back.”

Smith-Rowe notched four goals and eight assists for Mikel Arteta’s side last season, impressive numbers considering he barely featured before Christmas.

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