Ryan Mason on injuries, Harry Kane future, social media boycott and more


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Tottenham are set to face Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Spurs, who are currently sitting in 7th place in the league table, will be hoping to finish the season in the top four of England’s top tier in order to secure their place in the Champions League, following the disappointment of the Carabao Cup final’s defeat to Manchester City.

Ahead of the upcoming clash, the club’s interim coach Ryan Mason has spoken to the media.

On injuries:

“Same as last week, just Ben Davies out now. Harry [Kane] was fine in terms of his injury. He was disappointed like all of us. Harry is a top professional like the group are.”

On whether he has had conversations with Kane about his future at Tottenham:

“No, I’ve not. Harry is a constant professional. There won’t be any conversations between me and him about anything other than training and the match ahead.”

On whether Spurs need Champions League football to keep Harry Kane:

“I don’t think so. Harry Kane loves this football club, in the past eight or nine years as one of the best strikers in the world. Everyone knows that and we know that and hopefully Harry knows that.”

On social media boycott:

“I think it’s spot on. I think it’s right that it doesn’t just become about the sporting world. It becomes about the world as a whole because social media, they need to put things in place that protects people from certain things and many terrible messages, but also it makes people accountable as well.

There needs to be a name and a face to anyone who wants to sign up to use these platforms. They need to put something in place that does that.”

On the social media abuse he suffered as a player:

“Yeah. Listen I’d be lying if I said certain comments don’t affect you. We’re human beings. I had to zone out of it and had to take myself off social media as a player because I didn’t want to see it.

Even after I retired I’d get messages about my injury and certain things and you almost think it’s another message and I’ll just ignore it, but these things shouldn’t be acceptable. They aren’t acceptable but they just seem to be ok to happen.

I think the platforms need to put things in place that hold people accountable for these type of things.”

On not playing Tanguy Ndombele in the Carabao Cup final:

“We have got over 20 top players, top professionals, so every single game people can have an opinion and make an argument for playing a certain individual in a certain position but we felt and believed in a certain way, with certain players, that game we wanted to approach it. After 60 or 70 minutes the game plan and the idea was working and we believed in that moment the subs would make an impact. Unfortunately, a set-play has done us and that’s tough to take. But every game we go into there is going to be players that want to play and expect to play and when you play for a big club like Tottenham that is always going to be the case.”

Source: Football London 

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