Son Heung-min thanked Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino for supporting him during South Koreas triumphant Asian Games campaign.
Spurs faced the prospect of losing Son for at least 21 months, with all South Korean men legally required to carry out military service before they reach the age of 28.
However, Son produced a stunning performance to earn military exemption as South Korea beat Japan 2-1 in Saturdays final at the Pakansari Stadium in Cibinong, Indonesia.
The 26-year-old grabbed two assists, setting up both Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan in extra-time, and Ayase Uedas goal for Japan at the death turned out to be a consolation.
Speaking after the win, South Koreas captain said: Tottenham have supported me so much and that means a lot to me.
I really want to say thank you to the coach and the fans of Spurs. They are so special.
Son also thanked Tottenham fans for sending him messages of support throughout the tournament.
This was a really tough game but we knew that it would be, for everyone, this is a big tournament, Son told ESPN FC.
We played well when we needed too but we also had to dig deep.
I want to say that my teammates have been amazing. It has been a tough time here but we pulled together and the team spirit was special. We worked so hard.
I also want to talk about Tottenham. I had so many messages from Spurs and the fans and it was great. They have supported me so much and that means a lot to me.
I really want to say thank you to the coach and the fans of Spurs. They are so special. Now I am looking forward to getting back to England and showing what I can do.