Son celebrates with the team after winning the gold medal. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Son Heung-min will rejoin his Tottenham Hotspur team-mates next week buzzing after his emotional rollercoaster ride at the Asian Games in Jakarta.One of three permitted over-age players in Korea's squad, the 26-year-old forward recently signed a new five-year deal with the London club and was quick to thank Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino after a 2-1 extra-time win over Japan Saturday.Nearly every able-bodied South Korean male is required to perform 21 months of military service before the age of 28, although the government rewards Asian Games gold medals and Olympic medals of any color with an exemption.Hugely popular at Spurs, Son joked before the final that he was upset teammates Harry Kane and Dele Alli hadn't texted.Son's former club Bayer Leverkusen refused to release him for the 2014 Asian Games when the Koreans also scooped gold.
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