Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount says he has nothing however “reward and gratitude” for Frank Lampard following his dismissal as manager.
Because the Blues started life underneath new boss Thomas Tuchel, Mount paid a heat tribute to Lampard, the man who took him on loan to Derby, to offer him his first look at Chelsea and make him captain of his sport last on the helm.
Some followers even branded Mount ‘trainer’s pet’, as was the religion proven within the young by Lampard.
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And Mount admitted: “It has been essential to me. He introduced me to Derby, gave me the enjoying time and realized a lot from him there earlier than coming back to Chelsea and persevering with my studying.
“I’ve nothing however reward and gratitude for the whole lot he has given me as a player on and off the sphere. I’ve undoubtedly grown as a player too so it clearly means lots to me.
“It is a tough time for the membership. I have been right here for a really lengthy time and have seen managers leave remotely whereas on the academy, however while you’re within the first team constructing and it is taking place, it is a completely different feeling.
“It is one thing we youthful players have not skilled earlier than however we’re speaking to individuals like Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta) and Petr Cech, who’s been by way of it, and attempting to get any little expertise from them them on methods to deal with it. . ”
Nonetheless, Mount is aware of that he and his teammates should clamp down underneath Tuchel in the event that they wish to get their season back on observe.
“We have now to place issues within the back of our heads and look forward now,” the 22-year-old England international instructed the membership’s web site.
“As players, as a team and as a membership, we have now to stay collectively and hope to get back to profitable methods as a result of that is what this membership is all about.
“It is a tough time however that is when the robust characters inside the group come out and point us in the proper course. We have now to be robust as a result of there are big video games going on and we have to attack them. ”