19-year-old Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is relishing playing under his idol Frank Lampard at Derby County.
Mount is on a season-long loan at Derby and is looking to building upon the experience that he gained while on loan at Vitesse Arnhem last season.
“I gained a lot of experience being out there and hopefully I can bring it into this season,” Mount is quoted on Daily Mail.
“I learned a lot out there so it is going to help me.
“Obviously, that was my first season playing professional football so anything you gain from playing is going to help. This year I will get even more experience playing in the Championship.”
Lampard’s assistant manager at Derby is Jody Morris, who was Mount’s youth team coach at Chelsea.
“I worked with Jody and the gaffer I looked up to because I am a Chelsea player. Obviously, he was a midfielder as well. Derby is such a massive club. There’s a great history behind it and the fans are great as well. It was definitely up there at the top of my list after speaking with them,” Mason added.
“The opportunity was something I couldn’t turn down. It has been the best choice for me. I need to keep learning about the players – and I am sure we can do brilliant stuff.”
Mason also revealed he is hopes to break through at Chelsea.
“Would I like to be the first to break through since John Terry ? Yes, definitely,” said Mount.
“And getting this experience in England, in the Championship will definitely help me to keep getting better and gaining that valuable experience I am going to need to keep progressing.
“This is the perfect move for me at this time.”