Ryan Mason reveals what Pochettino said to make him stay at Tottenham

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Ryan Mason has admitted that it took a conversation with Mauricio Pochettino to convince him to stay at Tottenham.

Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has told Sky Sports that he almost left White Hart Lane last summer - but a conversation with Mauricio Pochettino convinced him to stay.

Mason, 23, came through the ranks at Spurs but was unable to crack the first team, and had been farmed out to the likes of Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon Town.

It seemed like Mason's Tottenham career was petering towards its end last summer, but that all changed when Pochettino was appointed as manager last summer.

The Argentine arrived as Tim Sherwood's replacement in the White Hart Lane dugout almost a year ago, and has relied heavily on youth products like Nabil Bentaleb, Harry Kane and of course, Mason.

Mason has played in 30 games for Spurs this season, becoming a first team regular whilst also earning his first England cap in a friendly against Italy on Tuesday night.

Yet speaking to Sky Sports, Mason revealed how close he was to leaving Tottenham last summer - and how Pochettino managed to convince him to stay.

"When the appointment was made, me, my dad and my agent sat down and just said that I'd give it a real go this pre-season because of what he'd done with Southampton last season - and obviously I was right, and I'm thankful that I did stay around," said Mason.

"He just said to me that he believes in me, and that I'm gonna play for him in the Premier League. For me to hear that from the manager was the best outcome that could have happened," he added.

Pochettino helped nurture the likes of Calum Chambers, Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse with Southampton, so Mason's decision to stay and play under the Argentine was a great one given his history with developing young players.

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