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Tottenham star Heung-min Son dismisses suggestions that Jose Mourinho has lost the dressing room

Tottenham star Heung-Min Son has dismissed suggestions that boss Jose Mourinho has lost the Tottenham dressing room.

Spurs have slumped to four defeats in their last five League matches as well as exiting the FA Cup but managed to pull back a convincing victory over Wolfsberger.

Asked directly about rumours that the Portuguese has lost the squad’s confidence, Son said: “The rumours are just rumours. Our changing room has been fantastic.

“Obviously it depends on the results, I’m very sad if we lose and happy when we win. It’s like everyone else.

“The mood went down when we had a couple of bad results but the dressing room hasn’t changed. Everyone is happy and having a laugh and focused on every game. It is a bad rumour.”

Of Son’s 13 League goals this season, six have been assisted by Harry Kane and the South Korean says his relationship with the England captain is “very special” and still improving.

“I’ve got more chances than the previous season as Harry and Tanguy [Ndombele] are dropping deep and I have more space to attack,” Son explained.

“Everyone knows I like to run into space and the passing is very good to me. That is why I’ve scored more than the previous season.

“It’s not only about Harry. We speak so much about Harry and what he is – he is just so good, so good. His passing is just as good as his scoring. When he has the ball, I know where to run.

“We have been working for six years and we know what each other likes. The relationship has been very special, especially this season, we have been working so hard to be better. We want to be better and better every day which is why the relationship is very special.”

Mourinho says Son has suffered from the amount of football he has played recently but described his contributions this season as “remarkable”.

“[He played] 120 minutes against Everton and 90 against [Manchester] City, he ran more than 28km,” Mourinho said.

“People that never played football maybe can say that’s roughly half of a marathon. So if the marathon guys can run double, why shouldn’t they? But football is not athletics. Football is very, very hard. The intensity, the change of intensity, the high intensity, the sprinting is absolutely incredible, what Sonny and other guys did.

“So it’s not a surprise for me that he pays the price of it a little bit. That’s the reality of things.

“But so happy with what he does for the team, so happy with his contribution. And he’s in the mix with the stats with the other guys who play as strikers. So that makes him even more remarkable.”

Mourinho has said Son wants to sign a new long-term contract to keep him at Spurs for life but the 28-year-old said it was “unfair” to talk about his future.

“It’s a bit unfair to talk about a new contract at the moment, I am focused on the games and my team and that is the most important thing at the moment,” he said. “I’m happy to be here and I’m working hard as a player and the team. It’s a bit unfair to talk about a new contract.”

Credit: Football Tribe Malaysia