Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has offered Ryan Mason the opportunity to return to the club as a coach after the 26-year-old revealed he was being forced to retire from football.
The former Spurs star, who left the north London club for Hull City back in 2016, said in a heartbreaking statement on Tuesday that he had been advised by medical specialists that he should not return to playing after suffering a serious head injury with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill last year.
The one-cap England international suffered a fractured skull and was in hospital for a week following the collision, and has not played for the Tigers since despite taking part in training sessions.
However, his career in football does not look to be over, with ESPN journalist Dan Kilpatrick quoting Pochettino on his personal Twitter account as saying that the “door is open” for him to return to the Lilywhites in a coaching capacity, delivering the touching message: “Don’t worry Ryan, you’re going to be a successful person outside the pitch.”
#thfc Poch says 'the door is open' for Ryan Mason to return to Spurs as a coach. "Don't worry Ryan, you're going to be a successful person outside the pitch," he says.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) February 13, 2018
Mason, a graduate of Tottenham’s youth academy, played under Pochettino at White Hart Lane and ended up making a total of 70 appearances for the club across all competitions, scoring four goals and chipping in with four assists.
Having joined Hull in a £13million deal, he managed to turn out just 20 times before suffering his career-ending injury, netting twice.
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