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Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard made a bold gesture to give Mason Mount the captain armband in his final game in charge of the club.
Mount was made captain in the 3-1 FA Cup victory over Luton Town, and the Chelsea icon has finally revealed the reason for his action.
According to Lampard he didn’t know that the Luton game will be his last, but he only laid the foundation for the next Blues captain.
Lampard revealed he had seen ahead of the young midfielder and had not only seen his character on the pitch, but also off the pitch.
“A nice feeling when I left Chelsea in my last game was that I made Mason captain,” the Chelsea legend said at a Q&A at the Willow Foundation ahead of the London Football Awards.
“It wasn’t a gesture because I didn’t know I was leaving! But it was about his authority and standing in the group that had risen. He needed to see that and understand that. He needs to rise up.
“The minute I gave him the armband, I saw the look on his face and what it meant to him. That’s something you get when you bring through academy players and fans love it. They have been fighting with desire since they were eight years old. That’s tangible and something that’s important.
“You won’t always see it at 20 because they might have dips in confidence or moments in games that come. But when you have players who have that care, then it doesn’t matter who the manager is. The desire they have themselves will carry though because they work so hard.
“When I left Chelsea, and this is no disrespect to the manager who has come in, but I would have put my house that they would think, ‘Wow Mason Mount trains every day like a champion. He works off the ball and sets the press, has great quality, is improving all the time and now he is adding goals to his game.’
“That’s the end of Mason Mount but as you can see, I like him a lot! I probably said enough about him because people used to say he was my son, but I’ll be quiet there.”