KOR BLIMEY Jose Mourinho learning Korean as Spurs boss hopes to communicate with Son Heung-min in his native language

JOSE MOURINHO says he is now learning an incredible SEVENTH language — Korean.


Posted Thursday, August 27, 2020 by Thesun.co.uk

The Tottenham boss is already fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Italian.

KOR BLIMEY Jose Mourinho learning Korean as Spurs boss hopes to communicate with Son Heung-min in his native language
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he's learning Korean Credit: Reuters

And he is attempting to speak the same tongue as his South Korean striker Son Heung-min.

Mourinho, 57, revealed his linguistic  challenges when speaking at the launch of the club’s new Amazon Prime fly-on-the-ball documentary series.

He said: “Communication is very important when I am with the group, I have to go to the native language, which everybody  understands.

"It’s respectful to the culture of the club to speak the language of the  individuals in it. In the series it was a Portuguese group of coaching staff, although we now also have an English coach in Ledley King.

"And with the players,  I jump into their language — that is why I am learning Korean.”

Mourinho replaced axed  Mauricio Pochettino last November. And the Special One admits his dream is now to achieve something special at the North Londoners.

The former Chelsea chief said: “Since I first arrived in England in 2004 my perception of Tottenham was always the same — a big club, a big fanbase and lots of good players.

"In my second spell in England we have seen the evolution of the club to have the best stadium in the world, the best facilities.

KOR BLIMEY Jose Mourinho learning Korean as Spurs boss hopes to communicate with Son Heung-min in his native language
Mourinho is learning Korean so he can communicate with Son Heung-Min Credit: Reuters

"I also feel the club have very good players, with a dream to win something.

"Some of them have won things at other clubs, Hugo Lloris got the biggest one  when France won the World Cup. It’s a dream to do something special with the club.

"They almost did it in the Champions League final last year — but they didn’t. So now it’s the challenge to make something special.”

But Mourinho will have to do it on a tight budget, as the club still have a £1billion stadium and £175million Bank of England bridging loan to pay off.

KOR BLIMEY Jose Mourinho learning Korean as Spurs boss hopes to communicate with Son Heung-min in his native language
Mourinho hopes experienced winners like Hugo Lloris can lead Spurs to glory Credit: Getty Images - Getty

He said: “People don’t understand the dimension of our job, we are just the face of a structure. Of course, we need to manage not just players — but also the structure you have.

"In modern football,   in terms of the organisation, it’s huge. You are the face of it.

"But without top players, without structure, there are no top managers. We are the face of the project.”

Tottenham finished sixth in the Prem  last term but keeper and captain Lloris — who became a world champion in  2018 — is backing Mourinho to turn the club around.

The stopper said: “He has brought his energy and his knowledge, not only himself but his staff, too. There were a lot of problems to fix and when managers arrive in the middle of the season, it’s a big task.

"He’s experienced, the second time in his career this has happened and he has taken over a club mid-season.

"With the huge clubs he worked for, he’s a big help for the players and club to see the future in a bright way. We are ambitious and now we need to show we can start the season as zero points and go maximum to achieve things.”



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