The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder had chances to leave White Hart Lane but persisted with his main goal of breaking into the north London side's first team.
Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason admits he had opportunities to leave the north London side on a permanent basis but 'always knew' he'd regret it.
The 23-year-old finally made his first-team breakthrough under Mauricio Pochettino this season after years of being sent out on loan by the club.
And the midfielder says he would have 'definitely regretted it' had he decided to leave Spurs before his big chance came along.
"It’s difficult to take when you don’t get the chance," Mason told the Daily Mail.
"There were times when I just wanted to leave and have a fresh start. I wasn’t getting the opportunities I thought I deserved.
"I thought maybe going to a new club would change all that and that if I moved permanently instead of going on loan, I’d get treated differently.
"There were a few clubs in the Championship and I spoke to some managers but I wanted to play for Tottenham. There was always that doubt that if I left I’d end up regretting it and I would have definitely regretted it."