Chelsea's Gary Cahill 'devastated' by Ryan Mason's retirement after horrific head crush

Chelsea's Gary Cahill 'devastated' by Ryan Mason's retirement after horrific head crush

Chelsea's Gary Cahill 'devastated' by Ryan Mason's retirement after horrific head crush

Having joined the club's academy at the age of eight, Mason spent 17 years as a Tottenham player before signing for Hull in 2016.

Mason, who spent most of his career as a Tottenham player, was involved in a terrible head collision with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in January 2017.

A HOST of Ryan Mason's former team-mates at Hull City led the tributes last night after the club's record signing announced his retirement due to the fractured skull he suffered 13 months ago.

He said: "I can't speak highly enough of him". Ryan has been at the training ground in recent days.

"He was a very successful player and he will be a very successful person and everything he wants to do, he's going to do".

Pochettino saying that the door will always be open for Mason at Spurs is not an act of charity. I retired when I was almost 40 and then there are some people that have injuries in their early 20s and are never able to play again. I am still very young and I will be passionate about whatever I chose to do and I am confident that I will be a success in it because I know I will throw myself at it and it's going to be exciting.

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In a lengthy statement, Mason said: "I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football".

"When we chose to put him in against Arsenal, we said to John McDermott, "You're responsible too!"

"It's very sad news but at the same time he opened a massive door with his future for him and his family".

"He is 26 but he is an wonderful person and has an unbelievable football brain", he added.

After his side produced a superb comeback to draw 2-2 at Juventus in their Champions League last-16 first leg, Pochettino recounted the day he met Mason as a frustrated academy player that went on to make 53 Premier League appearances under the Argentinian.

The Chelsea and England defender tweeted: "Competing for a corner is something we've done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is heartbreaking". Wish you all the best in your future endeavours!

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