Ryan Mason admits he 'had opportunities to leave' Spurs before impressing under Pochettino

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Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason admits he could have left the club.

Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has told the club's official website that he had offers to leave the club, but didn't want to give up on his White Hart Lane dream.

Mason, 23, first joined the Spurs academy at the age of 16, but it long looked like he wouldn't make the grade at White Hart Lane.

After loan spells with Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon Town, Mason hadn't even made his Premier League debut for Spurs before Mauricio Pochettino arrived as manager.

The Argentine gave everyone a clean slate upon his appointment, and eventually handed Mason his debut in the biggest game of the season - away at Arsenal.

Since then, Mason has gone from strength to strength, capping off his meteoric rise over the past year with his first England cap against Italy in March.

Now, Mason has spoken to the club's official website about his sensational year, and admitted that things could have been so different - because he had offers to leave Spurs and play first-team football elsewhere, but he didn't want to give up on his Tottenham dream.

"I had opportunities to leave the club but never wanted to because I always thought, imagined and dreamed I’d play for Spurs at White Hart Lane," said Mason. "I never felt that I’d want to leave and actually go through with it. There were times when I thought it might not happen, of course, but there was always something in the back of my head telling me that I would walk out at White Hart Lane one day," he added.

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