Antonio Conte was in charge of Chelsea when Ryan Mason suffered a career-ending head injury, in a Premier League clash between Chelsea and Hull back in 2017.
Ryan Mason suffered a fractured skull that required surgery after a clash of heads with defender Gary Cahill.
Surprisingly, Conte has now made Mason his first-team coach at Spurs, and Ryan Mason has revealed the new Tottenham manager visited in him in hospital after he suffered a career-ending head injury when playing for Hull against Chelsea.
“It’s pretty strange to be honest. When I had my injury, it was against his team at Stamford Bridge,” Mason told Tottenham’s official channels.
“He came to the hospital afterwards to see me and my family.
“I don’t really recall that to be honest because of the nature of my injury, but there’s a photo where he’s with me at my bedside and I think that shows what type of man he is – a very, very classy individual.
“Then my only England cap was against his Italian team out in Italy in 2015, so there’s that history there and hopefully we can come together and create some positive history for Tottenham now.”
Chelsea fans were fond of Conte during his time at the club, as he showed lots of passion and energy to guide the Blues to the Premier League title in 2017. We can only hope he doesn’t reach such heights in charge of Tottenham.