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Chelsea academy product Mason Mount was a key player for the team last season, as the young midfielder played all but one of the team’s Premier League games – the most of any player in the Chelsea squad.
Mount was expected to take his form to the new season, but Chelsea have gone on to sign massively this summer, including a top player in his position, Kai Havertz.
Rumours had claimed that Mount was displeased that the club signed a player for his position, a story which he had refuted, insisting that he’s ready for the competition for places in the squad.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has now revealed that Mount has upped his tempo in training, as a reaction to the signing of Kai Havertz.
The Blues boss said: “The last few days we’ve trained with these new players that everyone is very excited about and focused on at the moment. The way Mason has trained since coming back from England shows to me that when I talk about players that will react in a positive way and up their game, Mason is one of them. And that’s what I want from all the young lads.”
Lampard also revealed how he upped his game as a player when Chelsea started spending massively on players as Roman Abramovich took ownership of the club.
“I just saw it as a challenge,” Lampard recalls of the time when he was in a similar situation as a Chelsea player.
“When players come in that add quality to the squad, they might be in similar position to you or not, it should lift the team. Players with the right mentality will up their game, make friends with the player, make them feel welcome and try to work as well as they can within the squad. Hopefully then you see levels raised throughout the squad.
“That was something that did occur in those times. I was a young player, so was John [Terry] and so were others in the group. The core of those young players in that group did react and we managed to form a good group going forward.”