Mason Mount has revealed that he first learned how good Hakim Ziyech was during a loan spell in Holland two years ago, as he prepares to become teammates with the Ajax star.
Chelsea have already wrapped up the signing of Ziyech for the summer ahead, having neglected the chance to sign anyone after their transfer ban was lifted in January.
The arrival of attacking midfielder Ziyech could be the first of several exciting deals at Stamford Bridge over the next few months, and future teammate Mount is one of the most enthusiastic about his arrival.
Mount played against Ziyech when he was on loan at Vitesse Arnhem back in 2017-18, and even though the Morocco international has progressed since then, his potential was always clear to see, according to the man he will be lining up alongside next season.
Asked during a charity FIFA tournament if he was excited to be teaming up with Ziyech (via the Metro), Mount responded: “Yeah. So two years ago I was in Holland on loan so I knew a bit about him then and obviously how good of a player he is.
“So obviously it’s another amazing, world class player joining the club.
“So yeah, [I’m] buzzing to work with him, train with him and hopefully play with him.”
Meanwhile, Mount himself has been named as the Premier League’s most exciting young player by one former Everton star, who believes there are similarities between his game and that of his current manager, Blues legend Frank Lampard.