Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has called Ryan Mason a ‘special player’ and says the ‘door is always open’ for him at his boyhood club after he was forced to retire from football .
The midfielder revealed on Tuesday that he has decided to hang up his boots on medical advice at the age of just 26 , having fractured his skull during a game against Chelsea 13 months ago.
Mason joined Spurs at the age of eight and become one of the most talented players in their youth ranks.
He was given his big break in the first-team by Pochettino and become a regular and reliable player for Tottenham, making a total of 69 Premier League appearances, before he was signed by Hull City for £10million in 2016.
Pochettino has revealed he met with Mason at Tottenham’s training ground this week to discuss his future plans, and hinted at a possible move into coaching with his old academy.
Speaking after Spurs’ 2-2 draw with Juventus in the Champions League , the boss said: "It is very sad news but he opens a door for his future with his family.
“Ryan has been at the training ground in recent days. We have been talking to him with [head of academy,] John McDermott.
“He will be successful in whatever he does. He will always be a special player for me
“He represents for me this change in all when we arrived at Tottenham.
“The door is open for me to help him; and the club because we love him and Rachel and George and all his family.
"Don’t worry Ryan, you’re going to be a successful person outside of the club.”