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A number of Chelsea youngsters have decided to tie down their future to Chelsea since it became clear that Frank Lampard was going to be the next manager.
Lampard is viewed as a manager that will give youth a chance to excel at the club and Chelsea youngsters are hopeful that they will be given a fair amount of opportunities to break through to the first team.
While as manager of Derby County, Lampard took two players on loan from Chelsea as he turned Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori into more experienced players.
According to reports, Lampard has told Chelsea’s hierarchy that Mason Mount should not be loaned out for the upcoming season, as he has plans for the young midfielder.
Lampard used Mount to good effect in the Championship, and reports claim that the new Chelsea boss wants a new contract to be given to the 20-year-old.
Speaking after his unveiling as the new Chelsea boss, Lampard revealed that he’d keep the door open to the Chelsea youngsters who can prove that they deserve to play for the first team.
“The path from the academy to the first team is important,” said Lampard. “It is something that I will work hard to make sure the communication is there day in, day out. I’m lucky because the staff I have with me will help with that.
“I will always have an eye on the academy. I was that young player a very long time ago and the one thing you want is the feeling that the road which divides the academy to the main building is a road you can cross. It has to be there for you.
“And I think that does come from the top. If young players are performing and they deserve it on merit, then they will be coming to train with us.
“But there is a lot of hard work for them to do. I don’t want it to look like an easy road. It is very tough, but I want to try and help them.”