Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has thanked Frank Lampard after the Blues legend was sacked on Monday following a run of poor results. Chelsea’s league form of five defeats in their last eight matches prompted the board to fire Lampard after having invested over 250£m in the summer.
Having played under Lampard for Derby County in 2018/19 season, Mason Mount soon established himself as one of the key players under Frank Lampard for Chelsea. The energetic midfielder played in all but two of the Blues’ matches last season, and was a regular this season, making 27 appearances across all competitions.
Mount scored in both – Lampard’s first and last league matches as a Chelsea manager. The midfielder captained Chelsea for the first time in Lampard’s final game against Luton in the FA Cup fourth round tie, and shared an emotional post on Twitter to mark the occasion.
Lampard praised Mount in his final interview as a Chelsea manager, and said the England international has all the required qualities to captain Chelsea in the future. Speaking to Chelsea’s official app after the game against Luton, Lampard said “Listen, he deserves it. He is playing like a captain and he played like a captain recently and all season. He loves Chelsea and came through the academy.“
“The club captain is Azpilicueta and he was not playing today but he is a great role model for Mason. He feels the club, has desire for the club and tries to affect things other than himself.”
“You can’t always ask a kid to do that when they are coming through because it is a lot on their shoulders but through the maturity of his performance last season but this season in particular, I have seen that he has gone up a level in his game.”
“He dropped deeper today and he showed the strength and quality in his passing, but I thought it was very apt to give him the captaincy. Like I said, it will be one for the future for him with the hierarchy and how it is. But Mason is going to be a captain many times for the club going forward just not regularly right now.”
The England international thanked Frank Lampard and his assistant Jody Morris in an Instagram post yesterday with a simple message, “I learned so much from you both. Thank you for everything.”