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Tottenham attacker Son Heung-min revealed that he had trials at Portsmouth and Blackburn before becoming one of the greats playing today.
The South Korean joined Spurs in 2015 but before then had only been in Europe for one year with Hamburg. It was at this point when he was handed a proper go at English football in 2009, with sides Blackburn and coastal club Pompey.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the 29-year-old said: "I had no friends there, no family with me and I couldn't speak the language. I didn't know a single word. I was on my own and I was scared, you know. It was tough.
"I had a trial at Portsmouth and one at Blackburn, too. They put me in a guest house. But I was a kid and I didn't know anything. So that is my first memory of England and it is a bad one."
Son became a Bundesliga regular, breaking through in the 2010-11 season. And thereafter, German giants Bayer Leverkusen spent £8.5million on him in 2013 and brought him in.
Talking about his time in the Bundesliga, Son added: "Everybody talks about now but nobody thinks about you when you are 16 and leave your country. It was a bad and a hard decision, the hardest. But I had to make it as those chances don't come every day. I didn't feel ready – and I wasn't ready – but I wanted to play in Europe and one day I wanted to play Premier League. I told myself I had to try to make my dreams come true."
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Following two superb at Leverkusen, Son moved to north London in a £22m deal. And it’s been a revelation, with the forward even nabbing the Premier League Golden Boot award last season. So far he has managed 131 goals in 323 appearances, along with 73 assists.
Son has become one of the biggest stars in the Premier League and a valuable member of Antonio Conte's side who will be certainly on the hunt for silverware next season.
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