'Special' Ryan Mason always has place at Tottenham Hotspur, says Mauricio Pochettino

'Special' Ryan Mason always has place at Tottenham Hotspur, says Mauricio Pochettino

"Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury". He was able to return to action within three months and sympathised with Mason.

"Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him all the best for the future". "Despite how tough it's been and the challenges I've faced along the way you've all been there supporting me and words will never truly do justice to how grateful I am for your love and support".

Ryan Mason has called time on his football career, following his head injury past year, and it seems that the outpouring of support for the player isn't set to end any time soon.

Andros Townsend has posted an emotional message to former Tottenham teammate Ryan Mason after the midfielder announced his retirement.

It remains to be seen whether Mason will remain in football in some way, but already Pochettino has stated that the door is open for his former player to return to White Hart Lane in a coaching capacity.

The accidental collision caused the injury that led 26-year-old Mason to spend so long on the sidelines. I am still very young and I will be passionate about whatever I chose to do and I am confident that I will be a success in it because I know I will throw myself at it and it's going to be exciting.

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"When we made a decision to put him in against Arsenal, we said to John McDermott, "You're responsible too!" It is very sad news but it opens up a massive future. If he has the footballing brain that Pochettino says he does, I'd like to keep him close by.

"Don't worry Ryan, you're going to be a successful person outside of the club."

"I've learned a lot from them and I think if I was to go down the coaching route my philosophy and way of teaching would be the Tottenham way. That's sad news because you hate to hear of someone retiring early from football".

Mason made 70 appearances for Spurs since making his debut in 2008, scoring four goals.

The players, coaches and observers of the football world reacted in sadness to the news of Mason's retirement.

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