Tottenham hero Ferdinand: We tipped Mason to reach the top

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After only a few tactical training sessions he was quick and he understood everything - the movement and the timing and the concept - that maybe for another player it takes a whole season, and I said "we have in front of us a very good player".

Mason, 26, announced his retirement from football on Tuesday (Feb 13), after he suffered a fractured skull following a head clash with Cahill while contesting a corner during Hull's defeat by Chelsea in an English Premier League match in January 2017.

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And now Harry Kane has sent a heartfelt message on Twitter, saying, "So proud to have come through the system and played at the highest level with you". Ryan has been at the training ground in recent days.

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

Mauricio Pochettino talked about Mason's retirement and his relationship with the midfielder in a press conference yesterday, and even seem to hint that Mason could eventually find a position within the Tottenham organization.

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"I am pretty sure that whatever road I will go down it will involve football because it's my life and I still love the game and I have always loved it".

"We have been talking to him with John McDermott (head of academy)".

"It is very sad news but he opens a door for his future with his family", said Pochettino, per the Evening Standard.

Mason's news saddened football fans and players across the globe, with Cahill expressing his devastation and heartbreak with a classy tweet.

Mason is understood to have seen three different specialists, but all of them warned of the risks of continuing with his football career. He is 26 but he is an fantastic person and has an awesome football brain. He represents for me this change in all when we arrived at Tottenham.

"Of course the door is open to help him; myself, the coaching staff and the club, because we love him and all his family", the Argentine stated via Sky Sports. Wish you all the best in your future endeavours!

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