Tottenham manager Maurucio Pochettino has said that the door is always open for Ryan Mason to return to the club as a coach but recognises that he may have to be patient before he sees his former star come back.
The 26-year-old announced earlier in the week that he was retiring from football after medical advice, having suffered a fractured skull in a clash of heads with Gary Cahill in 2017, a blow which left him hospitalised for a week.
Upon news of the former Spurs man’s retirement, Pochettino issued his sympathies and said that there would be the opportunity for him to return to his boyhood club as a coach.
Mason himself delivered the revelation that a return to Spurs would be a dream, naming the Lilywhites as “my club” and saying that if he were to go into coaching he would want to do it the “Tottenham way”.
Now, Pochettino has reiterated that there will always be the opportunity for the midfielder to step back through the doors at the north London side, but accepted that the player would have to take the time to think about his future after the hammer blow of enforced retirement.
He was quoted by Football.London (14:31) as saying: “Of course, personally and the club, we love him and of course we will open the door for him.
“First he needs to be calm, relaxed, thinking and spend time with his family and try to prepare himself. I’m sure he will take the right decision. We are going to help is he needs our advice.
“He’s a bright, with a football brain. He’s a very smart person, very clever. If he decides to go in the way to be a coach or do another thing in football, he has the capacity to learn and to do anything he wants in the future. The door is always open for him.”
Mason made 70 appearances for Spurs after breaking through the youth ranks at the club, as well as picking up his one and only England cap, before leaving for Hull City in a transfer deal in the summer of 2016.
However he managed to make just 20 appearances for the Tigers before suffering his career-ending injury.
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