Son Heung-min breaks silence on Conte sack with telling admission

Head coach Antonio Conte leaves Tottenham by mutual consent

Son Heung-min has spoken out about Antonio Conte after Tottenham Hotspur sacked him on Sunday. The 30-year-old admits he feels responsible for Conte’s failure amid a season in which he has struggled to showcase the world-class ability that fans have grown accustomed to.

Like many of his Spurs team-mates, Son would have seen the Italian head coach for the final time on the day of the disappointing 3-3 draw against rock-bottom Southampton.

He immediately jetted off for international duty, scoring twice for South Korea in a 2-2 draw against Colombia last week.

After Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Uruguay, Son expressed his guilt over Conte’s exit, stating he ‘should have shown more.’

He said: “I’m very sorry to him [Conte]. He is a world-class manager, we had a great journey together, I thank him a lot.

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“I do not know what other players are thinking about him, but I’m sorry to him. I should have shown more, but I couldn’t.

“I couldn’t help the team, and I feel responsible as he left the club. He surely has great ability and experience as a coach, and I’m sure he’ll have great success in his other career.

“Coming back to Spurs, I wish to finish the rest of the season in a great way with my team-mates for our club.”

Conte’s tumultuous spell at Spurs reached its emotional climax when he aimed fire at the club and his players after the collapse at Southampton earlier this month.

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However, he made sure to end his stint in north London on positive terms with supporters by sending them a heartfelt message after his dismissal.

“Football is passion. I would like to deeply thank everyone at SPURS who appreciated and shared my passion and my intense way of living football as a coach,” Conte wrote on Instagram on Monday.

“A special thought to the fans who always showed me support and appreciation.

“It’s been unforgettable to hear them singing my name. Our journey together has ended. I wish you all the best for the future.”

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