Ryan Mason has revealed that Antonio Conte visited him in hospital after he suffered a career-ending head damage whereas taking part in in opposition to the Italian’s Chelsea aspect.
Mason sustained a fractured cranium whereas he was taking part in for Hull Metropolis at Stamford Bridge again in 2017.
Conte was appointed at Tottenham earlier this month and promoted Mason to first-team coach quickly afterwards.
Antonio Conte visited Ryan Mason in hospital after the midfielder’s career-ending head damage
Now 4 years later, Mason works alongside Conte after the Italian’s appointment at Spurs
The Italian informed Tottenham’s official media channels: ‘It was a wierd state of affairs. I went to the hospital to seek out him and his household because it was a critical damage.
‘I adopted him final season when he was Spurs coach for 2 months. Then to reach to Tottenham and discover him – he’s actually good man and I feel this might be an excellent expertise for him.
‘To stay collectively and assist me and my workers to regulate and really feel the sense of belonging and really feel what it means to play for this membership.’
Mason has historical past going again even additional with the brand new Spurs boss, having earned his one and solely England cap in 2015 taking part in in opposition to Conte’s Italy.
The 30-year-old stated: ‘It’s fairly unusual to be trustworthy. After I had my damage, it was in opposition to his staff at Stamford Bridge.
‘He got here to the hospital afterwards to see me and my household. I don’t actually recall that to be trustworthy due to the character of my damage, however there’s a photograph the place he’s with me at my bedside and I feel that exhibits what sort of man he’s – a really, very stylish particular person.
‘Then my solely England cap was in opposition to his Italian staff out in Italy in 2015, so there’s that historical past there and hopefully we are able to come collectively and create some constructive historical past for Tottenham now.’
He added: ‘I’m delighted and really excited to hitch the staff underneath the boss and likewise the workers that he’s introduced alongside. It’s an thrilling chapter for the soccer membership, we’ll be seeking to work onerous, enhance and get some constructive leads to the brief time period, but in addition in the long run as nicely.
Mason made his one and solely England look in opposition to Conte’s Italy again in 2015
Conte promoted Mason, who was interim supervisor final season, to the function of first-team coach
‘I spoke to the boss on the Tuesday after the primary coaching session, we spoke a bit about becoming a member of the staff and changing into a part of the teaching workers and it’s one thing I’m actually enthusiastic about.
‘He’s the most effective managers on the planet – his file speaks for itself. It’s an enormous alternative for me, and an enormous alternative for the soccer membership to have the boss right here teaching and serving to the staff.’
Mason was interim supervisor at Tottenham for the ultimate two months of final season after Jose Mourinho’s departure from the membership.
Earlier than his promotion to first-team coach, he was the Academy’s Head of Participant Growth.
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