Mason Mount’s father has branded claims that his son benefitted from favouritism under ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard “a load of rubbish”.
Mount missed only two Premier League games between Lampard’s appointment and his recent sacking.
Such a relationship came from the pair’s long-term understanding after working together at Derby. Indeed, Lampard signed the midfielder on loan from the Blues upon taking the Rams job in 2018.
However, Lampard has faced criticism from fans for picking Mount in almost every game, despite competition throughout the team.
According to his father Tony, though, Lampard looked towards his son because of his attitude and commitment.
“I’ve always thought that was a load of rubbish,” the 22-year-old’s father told talkSPORT of the claims.
“You’re telling me Lampard picked a player 80 times because he likes him and he’s a nice lad? He’s there to win football matches.
“He had a trust and a relationship, Frank knew what he was about. That was the foundation at Derby and it carried on at Chelsea.”
Nevertheless, Mount has continued to have a strong influence at Chelsea since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival.
The German coach has played the midfielder in all of his Premier League games so far and he has continued to impress.
Indeed, he scored the winning goal in the 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield earlier in March.
“Tuchel is building a relationship with him now and Mason really likes him, he thinks he’s going to add something to his game and make him a better player, just like Frank,” Tony added.
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Mount’s game time could have looked in doubt ahead of the season amid Chelsea’s spending splurge last summer.
The Blues spent over £200million, bringing in the likes of Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.
However, Tony has insisted that Mount never feared for his place in the team.
“He saw the players coming in as a massive challenge,” Tony said. “People were saying he would lose his place and he was aware of that.
“Mason’s attitude was brilliant. He thought Chelsea were bringing quality into the club and he’s desperate to win things.
“He didn’t look at that as anything other than good for the club, good for the team, and a challenge for him.
“I remember talking to him about it and he said, ‘They won’t take my place, I’ll raise my game’.”