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The appointment of Frank Lampard to become the new Chelsea manager is having a good effect on the club’s youngsters, as Chelsea youngsters are beginning to commit their future to the club.
Chelsea have opened talks with academy product Mason Mount over a new contract and are confident the midfielder will commit his future to the club.
Mount wasn’t keen to sign the new deal, but with Lampard set to become the next Chelsea manager, he’s now ready to commit his future to the club.
Academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek has also committed his future to the club after signing a new deal worth £150,000-a-week – despite being ruled out for the rest of the year with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Chelsea have tied down three academy youngsters to new deals as Juan Castillo, George McEachran and Tariq Uwakwe have all signed new three-year contracts at the club ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
The club seem to be heading the right direction in terms of youth development, as Chelsea are retaining their bright youngsters and Lampard is expected to shake things up at the academy next season.
Mount has spent the 2018-19 season on loan with Derby County, playing under Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, and the 20-year-old has had a phenomenal season in the Championship.
The 20-year-old is expected to remain at the club next season and play an important role in the senior team, and Lampard believes that the youngster has what it takes to do well at Chelsea.
Lampard told Goal back in April: “Firstly, he has the potential to be a top player, and I mean that. He broke into the England squad which I thought was a great achievement after playing for us. I think he can go as far as he wants. I have seen a progression in him now.
“He has played two-thirds of a season now in the Championship, which is full throttle and very taxing on a young midfielder to be the creator that he is. Also the amount of work he does off the ball for us, which I think goes unnoticed, he has been fantastic in doing that for us.
“He is a player who really wants to learn and be at the top. It is as important as the talent itself. He works fantastically hard. He is a good team-mate and he has the talent to go to the top. He has been a pleasure to work with.
“His choices have been really good. He was very successful in the Chelsea academy and youth team, as a team and for him as an individual. He took a leap to go abroad. That in itself, in terms of his personality, says a lot and he performed brilliantly there in terms of goals and assists.
“He has come to the Championship and performed very well here as well. So I think everyone’s pathway is different. We know that at Chelsea it is quite difficult to get into their first team at 17, 18 or 19 years of age, but he hasn’t sat still. He has actually gone out and played and played a lot of games.
“I would be delighted for him [to play for Chelsea]. I know what a great lad he is as well. He works so hard, and he has a good mentality. If anyone deserves it, it will be Mason, and I would be absolutely delighted for him to get in that team.”