Lampard greets Mount, saying he’s ‘one thing I can be happy about’ since his time as Chelsea manager
Frank Lampard insists that the rise of Mason Mount under his stewardship at Chelsea is something he will always be happy with from his time as boss.
After joining him on a seasonal loan from the Derby County Blues for the 2018/19 season, the 22-year-old got his Premier League bow under Lampard when the former midfielder joined him at Stamford Bridge in 2019.
The English star has since become a central cog in the Blues machine, and Lampard, who spoke for the first time since being fired as manager in January this year, insists there was always something special about the midfielder.
Frank Lampard insists the rise of Mason Mount will always be something positive he will take from his time as Chelsea boss
Mount the first player under Lampard when he joined Championship side Derby County on loan
‘I am delighted. I never understood the critics. He is evolving all the time. His performances were absolutely top attractions, ‘he said in an exclusive Q&A hosted by the London Football Awards in support of the Willow Foundation, which allow seriously ill young adults to experience unforgettable moments.
‘He had never played in an English league, the championship is a tough competition, but when he came in I saw something special in him … his quality, his work ethic. I really trusted him.
‘At Chelsea there were established players in those positions. The only thing I can be happy about is being a part of that story for Mason from a young age. You can see him growing up pretty quickly.
‘For me it was first and foremost attitude and mentality. There was something about him when he played, it was an awareness of what was around him. I was sure it was going to be a tough ride for him in the championship. ‘
Mount is a key Chelsea figure and Lampard says he never understood his critics
The appreciation with which Lampard holds onto Mount was evident when he made him the youngest player to wear the captaincy since club legend John Terry when he led the Blues against Luton in this year’s FA Cup, the former midfielder’s last game in charge. .
Lampard said after that 3-1 win that he expects Mason Mount to wear the captain’s armband ‘many times’, and has now stated that he handed him the bracelet that his status among the group had grown.
“He will continue to develop and he will be a great player,” he added. ‘A good feeling for me when I left Chelsea, I became Mason captain. It wasn’t a gesture, I didn’t know I was leaving at that moment.
“I wanted to show Mason that his authority and standing within the group had increased. When you have players who care, it doesn’t matter who the manager is. As you can see, I like him a lot. ‘
Lampard spoke for the first time since he was fired by Chelsea in January this year
Speaking of making Mount captain in January, Lampard said at his last post-game press conference: “ I only quickly told him in the locker room because the bracelet was already on his shirt, so I saw him clock it. I went up to him and kept it short, ‘the manager told Chelsea’s official app.
Listen, he deserves it. He plays as a captain and he played as a captain lately and all season. He loves Chelsea and got through the academy.
The club captain is Azpilicueta and he wasn’t playing today, but he’s a great role model for Mason. He feels the club, has a desire for the club and tries to influence things other than himself.
“ You can’t always ask a kid to do that when they come through because it’s a lot on their shoulders, but due to the maturity of his performance last season, but this season in particular, I’ve seen him level up gone. in his game.
“He dropped deeper today and he showed the strength and quality of his passing, but I thought it was very appropriate to give him the captain. As I said, it will be one for him for the future with the hierarchy and what it is like. But Mason will often captain the club in the future, but not regularly now. ‘
Lampard made the captain of Mount against Luton for the first time in his last game
Lampard’s latest remarks have answered the compliment well to Mount, who admitted a day after the 42-year-old’s firing that he had nothing but praise and gratitude for him.
“ I’ve been here for a long time and have seen managers leave from afar while I was at the academy, but when you’re in the first team building and it happens, that’s a different feeling, ” he told the club’s official website.
‘He is [Lampard] was very important to me. He took me to Derby, gave me the game time and I learned so much under him there before going back to Chelsea and continuing my studies.
‘I have nothing but praise and gratitude for everything he has given me as a player on and off the field. I’ve certainly grown as a player too, so he clearly means a lot to me. ‘
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