Frank Lampard, who previously managed Mason Mount during his time at Chelsea, has now publicly shared his thoughts on the midfielder’s notable transfer to Manchester United.
Mount, aged 24, became Erik ten Hag’s first signing of the summer, joining the 13-time Premier League champions on a five-year contract valued at £55 million, with an additional £5 million in potential add-ons.
The negotiations between the two English clubs were drawn out, but interestingly, it was Mason’s father, Tony, who played a significant role in securing the deal.
The Athleticreport that Mount Sr. was instrumental behind the scenes and even made a last-ditch phone call in an attempt to revive a deal.
The possibility of Mason Mount’s transfer seemed to be fading away until his father intervened, leading to a successful outcome. While there are fans, especially those of Chelsea, who feel reluctant and somewhat upset about the move, others are eagerly anticipating the return of the 36-capped England international to his peak form.
Many fans are excited to witness Mount replicate the remarkable performances that propelled Chelsea to Champions League triumph.
Not least his former boss Lampard who sung the midfielder’s praises on the ‘Diary of a CEO’ podcast.
Read on to see what he said about his former player…
What did Frank Lampard say about Mason Mount?
Lampard, who is currently out of a managerial position, sat down in an honest setting to talks all things Chelsea, his managerial career and Mason Mount.
The host of the podcast, Steven Bartlett, is a lifelong United fan and couldn’t help but probe Lampard with questions of what the midfield gem will bring to his beloved side.
“What I’ll say about Mason is, you talk about modern players and how the game has changed, he is a throwback to the attitude and the commitment and the qualities – that was the beauty of working with Mason.
“He gave you so much. In terms of his effort every day. Anything you asked him to, it was like ‘Yeah!’ and he kind of got it. And I think any great player has to have that type of intelligence and that desire about them, you know.
“So, in terms of what he’ll bring to Manchester United, it won’t just be what Mason brings, he will bring loads of talent, but he’s just gonna go pfff and levels around him.” Lampard said as he gestured that the levels of the team will rise significantly.
To which Bartlett replied surprisingly but also excitedly: “Really? He’s a bar raiser?”
The two then discussed some player already in the mix at Old Trafford who possess bar-raising capabilities, but Lampard reassured Bartlett that Mount fits that bill, too.
“If you’re trying to build a group mentality of a team with players that are gonna give everything and their talent, he fits it. I’ve seen some sort of alternative reactions to that, but Mason Mount will be a fantastic player there.”
Time to get excited United fans!
You can watch the full podcast below (or 1hr 47 minute for Lampard’s comments about Mount)…