Son would give up Golden Boot for Champions League

Son would give up Golden Boot for Champions League

Son Heung-min, a Tottenham striker, has stated that qualifying for the Champions League is more important to him than winning the Golden Boot.

This season, the South Korean has scored 21 Premier League goals, with Mohamad Salah of Liverpool presently leading the race with 22.

With two games remaining, Tottenham is in fifth place, just one point below Arsenal.

“It would be fantastic,” the 29-year-old remarked, “but we need to finish in the top four.”

Spurs thrashed Arsenal 3-0 in the North London derby on Thursday, with Son scoring his 21st goal.

In his last eight appearances, he has scored 10 goals, including a hat-trick against Aston Villa. Asked if he would trade scoring more goals for a Champions League spot, Son said: “Yeah, 100%.

“Obviously it’s a good thing that you are racing, but I have said a few times that it is important to finish in the top four [more] than anything else.”

Spurs host Burnley at 12:30 BST on Sunday before ending their season at Norwich on 22 May.

Manager Antonio Conte told reporters on Friday that Son had promised to score against Burnley after he was taken off during the second half of the Arsenal match.

Son said the schedule and Spurs’ early kick-off was “madness”.

“I am always not happy at coming off because I want to be on the pitch because I love playing football and I want to help the team,” Son added.

“I can understand why because we have a really quick game on Sunday. I can’t promise I will score but I will do my best and I will do my best for the team, and if I don’t score I will do my best.

“To be honest, looking at the schedule it is madness. It is a really quick turn and we need to do everything to recover and then get ready to go again.”