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Frank Lampard names specific quality Mason Mount will give Erik ten Hag and Manchester United



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Former Chelsea player and manager Frank Lampard has been singing the praises of new Manchester United signing, Mason Mount.

Mason Mount joined Manchester United from Chelsea for a fee of £55 million plus a further £5m in difficult add-ons that will only be triggered if Mount plays significant minutes in winning multiple major trophies under Erik ten Hag.

Mount, who was at Chelsea for 18 years before his move to United at the beginning of July, worked under Frank Lampard on three occasions: Twice at Chelsea, and once at Derby County.

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Mount became very much the poster boy for Chelsea and their successful academy during his time at the club, and Frank Lampard believes that his attitude will give Ten Hag exactly what he needs at United.

Speaking on the Diary of a CEO podcast, Lampard said: “What I’ll say about Mason is, all the things I spoke about there, you talk about modern players and how the game’s changed, he is a throwback to the attitude and the commitment and the quality… that was the beauty of working with Mason. He gave you so much in terms of his effort every day.

“Anything you’d ask him to do he’s like “yeah”, and he kind of got it. I think any great player has to have that kind of intelligence and that desire about them. You know that “what do you need me to do? Yep, I’ve got it and I’ll do it and I’ll repeat it” and also quality.

“So in terms of what he brings to Manchester United, it won’t just be what Mason brings, and he will bring loads of talent, but he’s just going to go (in) and the levels around him… (will go up).

“Don’t get me wrong, bar raisers are already there with Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, (and) Casemiro, but he will absolutely fit in with that. If you’re trying to build a group mentality of a team with] players that are just going to give everything and have talent which a top team needs, he fits in. 

“I’ve seen some alternative reaction to that (signing) like ‘oh, yeah, Mason Mount that’s a good buy’ (but then also) ‘but why would you pay that for him?’ Mason Mount is going to be a fantastic player there in my opinion.

“I just think circumstances, his contract situation. I know he’s got a big love for Chelsea. Also in the modern day more than even in my day players do move and the challenge of moving, now it’s come to that for Mason personally, is a good challenge for him.

“I would have liked to see him stay at Chelsea because I think he would have been central to it but it didn’t happen.”