Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount says he is learning every day from ‘role model’ Frank Lampard as he tries to break into his first team this season.
Mount is hoping to compete for a spot on the bench at least this year after signing a new five-year deal earlier this month. The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Derby County under Lampard and helped the Rams reach the Championship play-off final.
Mount scored eight goals and produced a number of eye-catching performances and Lampard has given him a chance already during pre-season. Lampard has backed him to improve over the next 12 months and Mount says he is already noticing differences in his game.
He told Sky Sports News: “Being a midfielder and being at Chelsea you obviously look at him as a role model. “For me working with him last year, and also this year, I have learnt so much off him.
Speaking with him day in, day out I’ve been getting little stuff off his game, like him talking to me and telling me how to get into the box. “I’m learning off him every day and it’s very exciting. You can see the group of players that we have is world class.
“For me coming into this team and working with them each day – I’m learning off them and that’s the best thing for me at the moment. It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you are ready and he thinks you are good enough then he’s going to put you in there.”
Mount will be hoping he is part of the team for the first game of the season against Manchester United. The Red Devils are 2.20 to win on August 11, while the draw is 3.40 and Chelsea are 3.30 to claim all three points at Old Trafford.