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Tottenham star Son to play in 18th Asian Games

Date : 23 Jul 2018

Seoul, Korea, July 23, 2018: South Korean striker Son Heung-min has signed a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur through to 2023, the English Premier League club has announced.

Tottenham also confirmed that Son, 26, would join South Korea’s team at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia next month after playing in Spurs’ season opener away to Newcastle United on August 11, Yonhap News reports.

Son was named to South Korea's 20-man squad for the Asian Games as one of the three overage players. The Asian Games is open to men's footballers aged 23 or under, but teams can field up to three players who are over the age limit.

The Asian Games is not on FIFA's calendar and clubs are not obligated to release their players. But, for Son, the continental event is important since he can earn exemption from South Korea's mandatory military service, which is nearly two years, if South Korea can win the gold medal like they did at Incheon in 2014.

South Korea's U-23 football team head coach Kim Hak-bum will call up his Asian Games players on July 31 at the National Training Center in Paju, north of Seoul. His team is scheduled to play a friendly against the Iraq U-23 team on Aug. 9 before traveling to Indonesia next day.

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