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Son Named Spurs Captain After Kane Departure

On Saturday, Son Heung-min was appointed as the new captain of Tottenham, after the transfer of the club’s highest-ever goalscorer, Harry Kane, to Bayern Munich. Hugo Lloris has held the captaincy since 2015, but uncertainty surrounds his continuation at the club.

The assumption was that Kane would have assumed the role if he hadn’t departed for Germany to seek his first major trophy. Additionally, recent addition James Maddison and Argentine defender Cristian Romero have been designated as vice-captains.

“It’s such a big honour to captain this huge club,” said Son, who has scored 145 goals since joining the club in 2015.

“It was a big surprise and a very proud moment. I’ve already said to the players that everyone should feel like a captain, on and off the pitch.

“It’s a new season, a fresh start and I will give everything for this shirt and this armband.”

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou praised Son’s leadership attributes, citing his prior experience as the captain of the South Korean national team.

“Sonny has great leadership qualities, both on and off the pitch, and is the ideal choice to become our new captain.

“Everyone knows he is a world class player, and he has enormous respect from everyone in the dressing room.

“He transcends groups within the squad. That’s not just because he’s popular – it’s because of what he has achieved in the game, both here and as captain of South Korea.”

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