Michael Owen claims that Mason Mount and Phil Foden will become ‘two of the best players in the world’

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Michael Owen claims ‘phenomenal’ Chelsea star Mason Mount and Manchester City hero Phil Foden will become ‘two of the best players in the world’ – as the England duo prepare to battle in the Champions League final

  • Michael Owen believes that Mason Mount and Phil Foden will be among the best in the world
  • The duo will face each other in the Champions League final in Turkey on May 29
  • Mount helped Chelsea reach the final when he found it net against Real Madrid
  • Owen says Mount and Foden can reach the level of Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland

Michael Owen has claimed that Mason Mount and Phil Foden will become two of the best players in the world and reach the same level as Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland.

England’s Mount and Foden teammates face each other when Chelsea face Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29.

Both players have had excellent seasons and Mount has been crucial to Chelsea’s progress, as he showed again on Wednesday by scoring in their 2-0 semi-final victory at home against Real Madrid.

Michael Owen believes Chelsea’s Mason Mount will become one of the world’s best players

Owen described Mount as 'phenomenal' after his showing in the win against Real Madrid

Owen described Mount as ‘phenomenal’ after his showing in the win against Real Madrid

Owen described Mount as ‘phenomenal’ and added that he believes Foden, 20, could become one of the greatest English players ever.

Speak on BT SportOwen said: ‘Obviously it is so exciting for the summer with England. I think Mason Mount, and Phil Foden for that matter, will become two of the best players in the world in the future. They are that good. It will be so exciting to see that.

When asked if Mount and Foden could be compared to Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappé and Borussia Dortmund star Haaland, Owen said: ‘They’re coming, Mount is a phenomenal player – but Foden could be one of the best England has. ever seen. ‘

Owen thinks Manchester City's Phil Foden could become one of England's greatest ever players

Owen thinks Manchester City’s Phil Foden could become one of England’s greatest ever players

Mount has developed extremely well since joining Chelsea at the start of last season and he now has the chance to win two trophies this season, with The Blues also advancing to the FA Cup final where they will face Leicester .

The 22-year-old faced some criticism last season, but he has stood out regularly this season, scoring nine goals and providing eight assists in all competitions.

Mount’s all round performance was of a very high standard as he paired the game superbly and also demonstrated his excellent tactical knowledge of the game.

Owen believes the clash between Chelsea and City in Turkey will be intriguing from a tactical perspective as Thomas Tuchel takes on Pep Guardiola.

Owen said, “Yes, they are horses for courses. Man City is the best team in Europe, I have no doubt about that. If it were a two-legged game, you would support City even more. But a one time match they have the tools to hurt someone (Chelsea).

Rio Ferdinand says it is very positive to have so many English players until the final

Rio Ferdinand says it is very positive to have so many English players until the final

“It will be a fantastic tactical battle, in which two great football players will compete against each other.”

Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, stressed that the prospect of a significant number of English players taking part in the Champions League final is a big positive.

He said: ‘Pep has won 14 of the 15 finals, it’s mouth watering. What I love is that it’s about seven, eight, nine English players who play in the Champions League final.

‘Talking selfishly about players from England expecting to win a tournament. The Champions League is now a dream final for us. Hopefully we can get everyone to Istanbul. ‘

‘Foden, he is currently the best young talent in the world. We have Mason Mount, Jack Grealish, Sterling, Rashford, Sancho, Bellingham – all of these players have the potential to be at the top of the game in world football.

“It’s excellent for us as fans, but the England manager – imagine having that at your disposal?”

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