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Mason Mount was a regular for Chelsea last season, and featured the most for the Blues, in what was his debut season at the club that saw him play over 50 games.
However, the club decided to make some massive additions over the summer, with signings worth over £200m added to the club.
Of course, there were rumours that Chelsea’s academy products like Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi will struggle for games following the new addition to the team, but Mount was unfazed by the recruitment and vowed to up his game, his dad has revealed.
“He saw the players coming in as a massive challenge,” Mount’s dad Tony told talkSPORT. “People were saying he would lose his place and he was aware of that.
“He didn’t look at that as anything other than good for the club, good for the team, and a challenge for him.
“I remember talking to him about it and he said, ‘They won’t take my place, I’ll raise my game.'”
Mount has been tipped to become a future Chelsea captain, and his dad can’t argue why, as he believes his son has it in him.
“He has got that in him,” Tony Mount added. “For him to be made captain by Frank Lampard for the Luton game was a massive honour. He just cherished it.
“That’s bred in him from a competitive point of view and the way he was brought up. He’s a Portsmouth boy, his grandad was a boxer and went to every game.
“I took him with me to non-league football, so he’s seen the other side of it and can look after himself.”