Hamburg SV, in a statement by sports director Bastian Reinhardt, announced a contract renewal for fledgling starlet Son Heung-min that sees his stay extended until 2014. Hamburg also announced extensions for Son’s close friend and Bosnian talent Muhamed Besic as well as Czech defender Miroslav Stepanek. The news of the contract renewal comes subsequent to Son’s goal-scoring debut against Cologne this past weekend and the extension is seen as a move by the club to secure the services of a potentially prodigious talent.
Son may also get a chance to make his home debut at Imtech Arena on Saturday as Hamburg SV clash with TSG Hoffenheim. Reports suggest that Ruud van Nistelrooy faces a prolonged and potentially lengthy absence from the team with a torn adductor injury and with Mladen Petrić only just coming back from injury, manager Armin Veh may look to Son to take up the reins. Despite the negative outlook for Van Nistelrooy, the former Manchester United striker saw a silver lining in Son’s emergence stating in an interview with Bild that the young Korean “[represented] the future of Hamburg SV”, a player whose talent was all the more evident “after witnessing his skills in training”.
Additionally, the Bild newspaper has reported that Son’s contract comes without an exit clause and includes an €11,000 per month basic salary. Hamburg had previously contracted with Son on a two-year contract until 2012, beating other clubs like Bayer Leverkusen, TSG Hoffenheim, and Nuremberg to his signature.