Football: Son and Lamela sign long-term deals at Spurs

Son Heung-min celebrates scoring against Bournemouth in the Premier League.
Son Heung-min celebrates scoring against Bournemouth in the Premier League.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min have signed new long-term contracts ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, the Premier League club said on Friday (July 20).

Argentine midfielder Lamela agreed a four-year extension while South Korean forward Son penned a deal until 2023.

Lamela, 26, returned to first-team action in November after over a year out with hip problems, and made 33 appearances during the second half of the campaign.

Since arriving at the north London club from AS Roma in 2013, he has scored 23 goals in 154 appearances.

The 26-year-old Son has netted 47 goals in 140 appearances for Mauricio Pochettino's side since his move from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.

"It feels great," Son told the club website.

"I've learned so many things in the last three years and we're all looking forward.

"We deserve to win something and deserve to make some history. It's time to do it and to believe in ourselves. I'm always positive with the lads and looking forward to playing again in the Premier League and the Champions League."

Son became the top Asian scorer in the Premier League history, surpassing former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung with a goal against Crystal Palace in November.

He took his scoring touch to the World Cup in Russia where he netted twice for South Korea, including the second in a memorable 2-0 group stage win over 2014 winners Germany.

Son will join the Spurs squad on their tour of the United States where they will play in the International Champions Cup against AS Roma, Barcelona and AC Milan.

He will be available for the opening league fixture at Newcastle United on Aug 11 before he travels to Indonesia to represent his country at the Asian Games.

Having not signed any players in the close season, Spurs are looking to secure the long-term future of key squad members.

Striker Harry Kane and defender Davinson Sanchez also agreed improved terms ahead of the World Cup, along with Pochettino, as the club move to a new 62,000-seater stadium next season.