Son Heung-Min has opened up on his ‘tough’, yet enjoyable experience of completing military service in his native South Korea.
The Tottenham forward was excused the full 21-month military service for two years following his part in South Korea’s victory in the 2018 Asian Games, but was still required to serve a shorter period of three weeks.
Son has now completed his mandatory training during the current suspension of the Premier League season, and admits he has enjoyed a challenging period in the military.
“It’s been a very busy three months,” Son told the official Spurs website.
“It was a good experience,” he added. “I couldn’t say everything that I’ve done but I really enjoyed it. Those guys were nice. The three weeks were tough but I tried to enjoy it.
“I don’t know how the people felt, but for me the three weeks have been long but it was a good experience, I enjoyed it.
Son Heung-min has completed his three-week military service in South Korea 🇰🇷
He was the top performer in a group of 157 trainees 👏 pic.twitter.com/lHab04Ot3J
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“The first day when we don’t know each other was a bit weird but soon we got to know each other. We spent every day together in one room, 10 people very close, working together, we helped each other so the time was fantastic.
“Those guys, the first day and second day they couldn’t even speak to me but by the end they were joking with me and we were enjoying everyone together.”
The enforced break from football has also allowed the star to recover from an arm fracture suffered against Aston Villa, and the 27-year-old admits he is raring to go ahead of the Premier League’s restart behind-closed-doors later this month.
“I’m physically fine, I’m working really, really hard to be at my maximum level and I’m nearly there,” he said.
“Now we can train together, we’re training more then the last two weeks and the players – Moussa (Dembele) is back, Harry (Kane) is back, Stevie (Bergwijn) is back, everyone wants to play again and everyone is motivated.”
Spurs first game back from is likely to be against Manchester United, the north Londoners just four points behind the fifth-placed Red Devils in the race for the top four.