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Gary Cahill reacts to Ryan Mason's retirement

Gary Cahill reacts to Ryan Mason's retirement

Gunners stopper Cech took to Twitter to pay his tributes to the 26-year-old, praising Mason's determination and bravery.

"Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him all the best for the future".

"In the last few days he was at the training ground".

"We have been talking to him with John McDermott (head of academy)".

Speaking to talkSPORT's Jim White in October, Mason hailed the role Cech had played in his recovery. He joined Hull in 2016 and went on to make 20 appearances.

"I'm in a unique position at 26 and what I've been through - I feel like I've achieved a lot in the game in a short space of time, so to give back and help people make that step in their careers would be a priority of mine".

When the Argentine first arrived at the club, Mason was going through a period of injury and loan stints at Football League clubs.

"It was hard from the beginning for him to cope with the training sessions, they're very tough".

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"But then we travelled to the U.S. and I met him in the airport and, during 30 minutes, we shared, and I said after to Jesus "wow, I love Ryan".

"I am so proud to have come through the ranks to play for my club, the club I love".

Curtis Davies, Robert Snodgrass, Kamil Grosicki and David Meyler led the tributes on social media as Mason's former club, Tottenham Hotspur, also tweeted their support along with the Football Association and Chelsea, who Hull face this Friday in the FA Cup.

The players, coaches and observers of the football world reacted in sadness to the news of Mason's retirement.

"I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football", Mason said in a statement.

"Sure he was a very successful player, and sure he will be a very successful person in football, and everything that he is going to do".

"It is very sad news but he opens a door for his future with his family", said Pochettino, per the Evening Standard. If he has the footballing brain that Pochettino says he does, I'd like to keep him close by.