Tottenham star omits Arsenal from next season's top four prediction

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Ryan Mason has given an early prediction for next season.

Ryan Mason PR 1

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has offered his prediction on who will be in the Premier League's top four next season.

Mason was speaking to HITC Sport via telephone interview as part of the Farah menswear #MatchReady campaign

The 24-year-old was quizzed over who he expects to make up next season's top four. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he made a notable omission from his selection:

"Tottenham, Man United, Man City and Leicester."

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Given the rivalry that exists in North London between Mason's side and Arsenal, it comes as little shock that he is hoping the Gunners will not finish amongst the Champions League places, although the prediction was surely made more with his heart than his head. Arsenal have failed to finish outside the top four since Arsene Wenger took over as manager in 1996.

Mason also elaborated on who he is most looking forward to facing in next season's premier European club competition.

"From a personal point of view I would love to play against Real Madrid or Barcelona, they're the two stand-out names for me."

Tottenham will certainly have their work cut-out next season if they are to achieve success both domestically and on the continent. There were signs towards the end of last season that their key players were suffering from fatigue with manager Mauricio Pochettino opposing the idea of squad rotation.

One suspects heavy investment in the Tottenham squad over the summer will be necessary in order for them to improve on last season's effort.

Mason has made 70 appearances for the Lilywhites since joining them as a trainee in 2008.

- Ryan Mason was at the number one pub to watch the Euros as voted by the Farah menswear #MatchReady campaign. To see the full list of pubs visit:

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