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Bayer teammate calls Son Heung-Min transfer to Tottenham "ill-advised"

Son's soon-to-be-former teammates are disappointed about his impending departure for the Premier League.

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One day after news broke about Tottenham Hotspur making a transfer bid for Korean international forward Son Heung-Min, there's even more evidence that Spurs are very likely to land their man, and soon. In quotes given to the German media after Bayer Leverkusen's Champions League playoff win over Lazio, Bayer manager Roger Schmidt called Son's decision to leave the Bundesliga club "sad."

[Son] has decided to do something that was not so nice for us as a team, so it was not ideal.

I can certainly understand that a player thinks about his career and would like to make a transfer at the right time. That is absolutely legitimate and ok. This is football business.

I think it's a sad story. I wish this story would finish another way.

Son's Bayer teammate Hakan Çalhanoğlu also slammed Son's decision to leave the club, calling it "ill-advised."

"I think he is badly advised. I have written to him, called him, but he has not answered his phone. I am very sad, the whole team is a bit disappointed.

"When you're 23 years old, of course you have respect for your father. But you have to sometimes make your own decisions. We were there for him always - that's why we are sad. Everyone has tried to reach him."

Son was an important part of Bayer's offense, scoring 17 goals in all competitions last season, including five goals in Champions League matches. There's no question that Bayer is disappointed to be losing a player of Son's caliber, just as Tottenham fans should be ecstatic.

Of course it's not a done deal quite yet (nobody move!) but short of a Willian-level gazumping, it's looking like Son will be wearing lilywhite, possibly by week's end.