Antonio Conte addressed Ryan Mason’s retirement during this afternoon’s press conference, with the Italian applying a typically classy touch to proceedings.
Mason fractured his skull during an aerial duel with Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill in 2017, an injury which left the Hull City midfielder’s career in serious jeopardy.
The ex-Tottenham star had shown signs of making a full recovery earlier in the season as he returned to light training with the Tigers, however, Mason has since been medically advised to cut short his playing career.
After hearing the news that the 26-year-old was to hang up his boots, Cahill posted a brilliant message of support for Mason on Twitter.
And Conte reiterated Cahill’s Tweet during today’s press conference, telling reporters that everyone at Chelsea was sad to see Mason retire and that they all wished him and his family the very best:
On Ryan Mason's retirement, Conte says: 'We are very sad for this bad news. He showed great strength to try to play again. It's a pity to finish your career at a young age. It's bad news, we are sad and we wish him and his family the very best.' #CHEHUL
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 15, 2018
It’s unclear at this stage what the future holds for Mason, with reports claiming he is to pursue a career in coaching.
Whatever Mason choses to do next, it appears he has the full support of everyone at Chelsea!