Son Heung-Min has revealed that he's ready to stay and fight for his place at Tottenham Hotspur this season, despite the expected signing of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou adding even more competition to attacking midfield spots at the club.
Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela developed what was Mauricio Pochettino's most consistently played attacking three, behind the striker, last season, leaving Son on the sidelines for large parts.
Added to that were some injury troubles which further hampered the South Korean's first season in North London, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that the signing of Nkoudou may be the catalyst for pastures new.
Forward admits he must improve
However, the winger seemed determined to get back into the fold, telling reports that "there are always players you have to battle for playing time" regardless of the club you're at, adding that "there's no reason why I should fall behind in the competition".
Son will certainly be hoping to climb higher in the pecking order this season, quipping "I must improve myself" in order to do so.
Son heading for Rio
One problem for the winger is that he will miss the start of the season in order to compete for South Korea at the Rio Olympics, with Spurs having finally allowed him to compete after some controversy regarding the issue at White Hart Lane.
Speaking about his place at the Olympics, as one of his country's three over-23 players, Son said that he needs to "be their leader", as he's "older and more experienced" than the majority of his teammates.
“I hope everyone will take the Olympics seriously. All the other countries will go for a medal, and we have to compete with a sense of responsibility," said Son, who will hope to take good Olympics form into the new season with Tottenham.