Heung-Min Son wants to spend career at Tottenham but coronavirus has affected contract talks, says Jose Mourinho

Heung-Min Son wants to stay at Tottenham for the rest of his career but coronavirus has impacted negotiations, says Jose Mourinho; forward's contract runs until 2023; Spurs reported losses of over £60m in their most recent annual accounts

Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur encourages the 2000 fans allowed in to the stadium after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 6, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. A limited number of fans are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Visionhaus) *** Local Caption *** Son Heung-Min
Image: Heung-Min Son joined Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015

Heung-Min Son wants to spend the rest of his career with Tottenham, believes Jose Mourinho, but the Spurs boss says efforts to extend the forward's contract have been hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Son has been one of the outstanding players in the Premier League this season, scoring 13 goals in 21 games to help Spurs to the top of the table and into the Europa League knockout rounds.

But the club announced last month that they had made losses of £63.9m for the year ending June 30, 2020 - having made a profit of £68.6m in the previous 12 months - with coronavirus having a "material" impact on their finances, according to chairman Daniel Levy.

Mourinho said: "How can you sign a new contract with a player? You don't know what is going to happen next season. You don't know if you can offer the player a better contract than they have now. It's a very strange moment.

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"I just trust Sonny and Daniel Levy. I know that both want him to stay, if possible, for life, if possible until the end of the career.

Tottenham are unbeaten in the Premier League since their defeat to Everton on the opening weekend of the season
Image: Jose Mourinho's Tottenham are ahead of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League on goal difference - the two teams play on Wednesday night

"I see Sonny signing a new contract here but I don't press for something to happen now because probably it's not the right moment.

"I'm not a money man but I wouldn't like to be the owner or the CEO of one of these football clubs living with this instability."

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