Antonio Conte and Ryan Mason have opened up on how their paths crossed in the past during the Spurs boss’ tenures as manager of Italy and Chelsea.
Soon after Conte’s appointment, Tottenham announced that Mason would be joining the Italian’s staff as the first-team coach.
The 30-year-old has been part of the club’s academy coaching staff since being forced to retire from football in 2018 following a fractured skull and briefly served as the interim head coach after Jose Mourinho’s departure in April.
According to reports, Conte decided to add Mason to his coaching staff after being impressed by how the former Spurs midfielder led the training session in the days following his arrival.
Both Conte and Mason have now revealed how they have quite a special history in the years gone by.
It turns out that the former Spurs midfielder got his only England cap against Conte’s Italy and that Mason suffered his career-ending head injury against Conte’s Chelsea, after which the 52-year-old went to visit the midfielder in hospital.
Watch the pair narrate their special story:
“I went to the hospital to see him and his family.”
The incredible history between Antonio Conte and Ryan Mason.
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This is quite heartwarming to see and perhaps the relationship that Conte has with Mason partly explains why the Italian was eager to have the 30-year-old in his coaching staff.
Working under Conte will certainly be a huge learning opportunity for the former Spurs midfielder, one that can potentially set him up for a great career in coaching.
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