Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has warned Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier that he's ready to win his place back in the starting 11 this season.
Sidelined through injury for much of last season, Mason failed to build on his good form from the year prior and slipped down the pecking order at Spurs.
With Victor Wanyama already purchased from Southampton this summer, and the Dier-Dembele pairing coming off excellent season's, it was thought that Mason might move on this summer, with newly-promoted Hull City reportedly interested in his services.
Mason wants to be playing every week, but at Spurs...
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mason admitted; "I want to be playing every single game", furthering reports that he might look to move away. However, he said that "hopefully I can work my way into a place" in Tottenham's team.
He spoke about losing fitness and form last season, hailing Dier and Dembele for their form, quipping "the team was flying and the midfielders were doing well, it was very difficult to break into that".
Pochettino picks players based on training performance
Mason does think that the future is bright though, mainly due to Mauricio Pochettino, who he revealed is "big on training your way into the team".
Speaking fondly of how he and fellow youngster Nabil Bentaleb broke into the team two years ago, he said that they're both looking to return to that form, adding that should the pair get their heads down and train hard, then "there's no reason why the gaffer wouldn't start us".
"Two seasons ago me and Nabil [Bentaleb] started almost every game together in midfield and last season it was different. So next season it is not a foregone conclusion that Eric Dier and Mousa [Dembele] will be in there," warned Mason.