Tottenham defender Emerson reveals Son’s Neymar obsession: ‘Does he know me?’

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Tottenham forward Son Heung-min and Emerson Royal celebrate a goal

Emerson Royal has revealed that Tottenham team-mate Son Heung-min is a “big fan” of Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.

The South Korea international is a star in his own right after sharing the Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool forward Mo Salah this season.

South Korea played Brazil today in a friendly match which ended 5-1 to Tite’s side but before the clash Emerson revealed that his Tottenham team-mate Son is always asking about Neymar.

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Emerson told ESPN: “He keeps joking and says: ‘Imagine if I were Brazilian? Me, Neymar and I don’t know who else playing’.

“He is a big fan of Neymar and has great affection for him. He talks to me directly about Ney and asks: ‘Does he know me?’ I reply: ‘Hey Son, of course he knows you, man. Just as you admire him, he can admire you too. You’re a star, you play a lot of ball’.”

Emerson added: “I even sent a message to Neymar and asked him to change shirts with Son in the Korea game because he is a big fan.

“He [Son] is an inexplicable figure, he has a giant heart and he is a cheerful guy. I tell him: ‘You’re Brazilian, you’re not Korean’.

“When I arrived at Tottenham, I didn’t speak English and he tried to talk to me in Spanish and Portuguese to make me feel good. In training he is dedicated, but he is cheerful and has fun with everyone.”

Speaking earlier this week, Tottenham forward Son claimed that Neymar was the “best player in the world” despite the PSG star having an underwhelming season.

“Neymar is the best player in the world, and I think I am working hard to become the best player in the world,” Son said.

“So, rather than being an issue like that, Brazil has a lot of really good players and I think if our players do their best to show what we have to show in that game, then we can have a good result.

“Brazil has a lot of world-class players. Our players are very much looking forward to the match itself.

“And I think the most important thing is to play a good game by putting all our efforts into the match to show our best in front of a lot of fans.”