Former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has confirmed his dream is to return to his boyhood club after being forced to retire from football as a result of a head injury.
The 26-year-old announced his decision to stop playing earlier this week on medical advice, having suffered a fractured skull in a collision with Gary Cahill in 2017, an incident which left him hospitalised for a week.
His statement was greeted by the utmost sympathy by the footballing community, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino joining in to offer his condolences, as well as put forward the chance to return to the club in a coaching role.
Now Mason has said that he would love to coach the “Tottenham way” and that if he was to stay in football it would be with the Lilywhites, but that such a decision is some way off after his retirement revelation.
He told Jim White on talkSPORT (14/02, 10:00): “I’m keen to stay football one way or another, it would be a shame to walk away from the game,” he added.
“I spent 18 or 19 years at Tottenham and it’s no secret that’s my club. I’m a Tottenham man, I’ve come through the club and it’s in my DNA.
“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.
“I’m sure at some point, I don’t know when yet, I would like to get into coaching and help young kids make that step from academy into first-team football.”
A graduate of Tottenham’s youth academy, Mason made 70 appearances for Spurs, scoring four goals and four assists as he also picked up his one and only England cap while with the club, before leaving for Hull City in the summer of 2016.
However he turned out just 20 times for the Tigers before suffering the career-ending blow.
In other Tottenham news, Steven Gerrard has named a fringe Spurs man as the perfect signing for the Reds.

Don’t miss out on breaking and exclusive Tottenham news by clicking here for our brilliant 24/7 updates on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.