Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-min Son has shut down transfer speculation linking him with a move to Saudi Arabia.
The Saudis have been on a rampage this summer, snapping up several European stars with mouth-watering contract proposals, and Son had previously emerged as one of their big-money targets.
Al-Ittihad were preparing an audacious €65 million bid to lure the South Korean international away from London. They offered Son a lucrative five-year contract worth €33m per season.
However, Tottenham were reluctant to listen to offers for the 30-year-old winger, and Son has now closed the door on a summer move, insisting he wants to continue in the Premier League.
“If I wanted to go there, I would be out there, not here,” Son told football.london when quizzed about the growing speculation over his long-term future.
“I love playing football – money is also important. I dream of playing in the Premier League, and still a lot of things to do.
“I’m looking forward to it this season and especially last season when I suffered physically. So this is not Sonny that I know. I want to prove this season that I’m the Sonny that we all know.
“I want to prove that to myself, and I want to give back to the club where I belong. Saudi obviously most people are going at the moment, which is really, really interesting.
“But it’s a dream for me to play in the Premier League, and I’m looking forward to this season.”
Son was part of a massively underwhelming Spurs side that failed to secure a European finish for the first time in over a decade.
The South Korean registered 14 goals and six assists in 47 appearances across all competitions – a far cry from his regular contributions to the side over the years.
However, the forward is eager to right the wrongs of last season under new a new manager, with Ange Postecoglou charged with returning Spurs to the Champions League places.