Son is like Beckham – Pochettino

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says forward Son Heung-min is an 'icon' and has likened him to David Beckham.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says forward Son Heung-min is an ‘icon’ and has likened him to David Beckham.

The South Korean has been at the forefront of Tottenham’s pre-season tour of the Far East as they prepare for the new season.

The defeated Juventus 3-2 in Singapore over the weekend and are set to face Manchester United in Shanghai on Thursday before returning to London.

Son is getting set for his fifth season as a Tottenham player after joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and Pochettino says he was not surprised by the adoration his man received.

‘No, not surprised.

We can appreciate and see how the people love Sonny here in Asia,’ he said.

‘Of course, he’s an icon.

I compared him before to David Beckham in popularity.

‘It doesn’t surprise me but it’s good to see how the people love him and how important he is for the people.

‘I am happy to hear him telling you that he still wants to improve, be better and work hard.

That mentality is fantastic and that is why he is a very good example for all the fans and all the people, not only here in Asia but in the world.’

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