Chelsea defender David Luiz has singled out Mason Mount for praise following the youngster’s impressive midfielders in the pre-season. The 20-year-old is expected to make the big break at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard’s tutelage and Luiz believes the Englishman will be an important player in the years to come.
Speaking about Mount, he said,
“He’s my boy! I think we had the opportunity to meet each other years and years ago when he was just a little kid, 10 or 11 years old, and now to have the opportunity to play with him is great.”
“I think he did great when he was at Derby. I’m so happy because I’m seeing a player with a great mentality, great talent.”
“Everybody knows he’s got the talent, everybody knows he’s got the goals, but I love to see the way he trains, the way he likes to listen and try to improve. I think he is going to be the future of Chelsea – the present and the future – and England for sure.”
Chelsea are currently facing a transfer ban and Luiz is happy to see his club shifting focus on giving chances to youngsters this season. Continuing further, he said,
“I think it’s a great opportunity now. I think a lot of the new generation they have talent, they are good, they have a great mentality and they work very well. You mention some great names [Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek] and also we have some other ones coming up and they can do the job with Chelsea.”
“So I think it’s a great opportunity for Chelsea to really build a great philosophy inside the club, not just with the first team, but the academy, the women’s team, with everybody. I think this is important to have this connection around the club to make the difference and to have a great positive energy.”
Chelsea will begin their Premier League campaign on 11 August against Manchester United at Old Trafford.