Ryan Mason shares his plans for next season after being touted for Tottenham summer exit
By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has revealed he will fight to regain his first-team spot next season.
The England international has been touted for a summer exit, with Stoke, Hull and West Brom credited with an interest in him.
Football Insider revealed last month that Spurs were ready to offer Mason as one of three players in part-exchange to land Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, along with two of his fellow Academy graduates.
But the 24-year-old is ready to reclaim the regular first-team spot that he had in the 2014-15 season, when he was partnered by Nabil Bentaleb for most of the campaign in central midfield.
“Two seasons ago me and Nabil started almost every game together in midfield and last season it was different,” Mason told the Daily Star. “So next season it is not a foregone conclusion that any player will be starting.
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“Our gaffer is very big on training your way into the team and you deserve to play if you’re training well, so I’m sure if me and Nabil go back in pre-season and train and play well, there is no reason why the gaffer wouldn’t start us.
“I’m sure Nabil is working hard just as I am to go back as fit as possible.”
Mason signed a new five-year deal in January of last year on vastly improved terms and is said to earn as much as Harry Kane and Dele Alli, who both had outstanding domestic seasons and were named in the PFA Team of the Year.
It was a reward for a fine 2014-15 campaign in which the academy graduate had established himself in the centre of Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield after building on the good impression he had made since breaking into the team under Tim Sherwood.
However, the England international spent this season on the fringes after falling behind Mousa Dembele and England pair Eric Dier and Alli in the central midfield pecking order.