The Englishman was a dynamic central player for both club and country, having been capped for England in 2015 - topping a very strong season for the player while at Tottenham.
Football has a wonderful way of rallying around those who have fallen on bad times and Ryan Mason's early retirement yesterday was met with an outpouring of nice messages and now Mauricio Pochettino has opened the door for a Spurs return for the former midfielder. "I didn't know if he played well or not but I loved him like a man".
"In the last few days he was at the training ground".
"Don't worry Ryan, you're going to be a successful person outside of the club."
Curtis Davies, Robert Snodgrass, Kamil Grosicki and David Meyler led the tributes on social media as Mason's former club, Tottenham Hotspur, also tweeted their support along with the Football Association and Chelsea, who Hull face this Friday in the FA Cup. "Despite how tough it's been and the challenges I've faced along the way you've all been there supporting me and words will never truly do justice to how grateful I am for your love and support".
Mason later said it was "like a bomb going off in my head" in an interview with Sportsmail and on Tuesday revealed he is retiring following medical advice.
"Devastated to hear today's news from Ryan", Cahill wrote on Twitter.
"It is very sad news but he opens a door for his future with his family", said Pochettino, per the Evening Standard. We have been talking to him with [head of academy, ] John McDermott. Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him the best for the future'.
Despite attempts to return to full fitness, Mason was advised by doctors to not return to playing professional football and the English player was forced to retire but reiterated that he would stay in the game. He is 26 but he is an wonderful person and has an incredible football brain, ' said the Tottenham manager.