Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son has claimed his inability to replicate his form from last season is behind Antonio Conte’s departure from the club.

Conte and Tottenham parted ways earlier this week following an inconsistent season across all competitions with the north London side only fighting for a place in the Top Four.

According to Son, he believes he is responsible for the coach’s sacking as he has struggled for the majority part of the season. Last season, Son helped Spurs finish fourth under Conte as the league’s joint-top scorer with 23 goals. However, the South Korean forward has only scored six goals in the league so far.

“As a player, I am really sorry. He’s a world-class coach, and we had a great journey together,” Son said after South Korea’s 2-1 friendly loss to Uruguay in Seoul on Tuesday.

“I should have played better. I feel responsible for his departure because I haven’t helped the club all that much.

“I am grateful for what he’s done. He’s such a great coach and has so much experience. I will be rooting for him.”

At this stage of the season, the Spurs have 49 points from 28 games in the Premier League while they have been knocked out of all domestic competitions as well as the UEFA Champions League.

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