Jose Mourinho has told Mason Mount to given Frank Lampard a big thank for playing such a key role in his development at Stamford Bridge.
Mount has established himself as one of the pivotal players in Chelsea’s squad and played a crucial role in the club’s Uefa Champions League success this season.
The attacking midfielder, who named as club best player for 2020/21 campaign, handed his first-team breakthrough by Lampard in 2019 and received criticism for his early performances at Chelsea.
But ex-Spur boss Jose Mourinho has praised Lampard for giving Mount ‘incredible conditions’ which allowed the England international to improve himself.
During Interview with The Times, The AS Roma boss said: ‘I have to be honest, I watched him two seasons ago in his first [Premier League] match, Manchester United against Chelsea at Old Trafford, and I saw the talent but I didn’t see maturity or consistency,’
‘I put a little bit of a question mark over how long this boy would need to develop and become a complete player. He didn’t need long.
‘I think he has to thank Frank because even with results not being wonderful he was always keeping faith in that kid. He gave him incredible conditions to develop.
‘I believe he is an attack-minded player, a creative player, but he has the tactical discipline. Mount is a team player.
‘We see him now with [Thomas] Tuchel coming from the sides, when with Frank he was more of a No. 10. When they play with a back five he can be the third attacking player or the third midfield player.
‘I think he is very, very intelligent on the pitch. From what I see, he has a very good understanding of the game.
‘He has goals, which is an important thing for a midfield player. I like him very much’
Mason, who is current on international duty with England ahead of Euro 2020, scored nine goals and provided nine assists in 54 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea last season.