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April 11, 2021

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Mason Mount was unfazed about competition from Chelsea’s new signings (Picture: Getty)

Mason Mount’s dad has revealed the Chelsea star was unfazed about competition from new Chelsea signings Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech and said: ‘They won’t take my place.’

Mount made more than 50 appearances for the Blues last season but there were fears he would have to accept a more reduced role during this campaign after Chelsea signed Havertz and Ziyech last summer.

Despite the extra competition at Stamford Bridge, Mount remained a key player for former manager Frank Lampard before his sacking in January and has been a vital member of new boss Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

‘He saw the players coming in as a massive challenge,’ Mount’s dad Tony told talkSPORT. ‘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.

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‘I remember talking to him about it and he said, “They won’t take my place, I’ll raise my game”.’

Such has been Mount’s influence at Stamford Bridge, the England international has been tipped as a future Chelsea captain by the likes of Jamie Redknapp and John Terry.

‘He has got that in him,’ Tony Mount added. ‘For him to be made captain by Frank Lampard for the Luton game was a massive honour. He just cherished it.

‘That’s bred in him from a competitive point of view and the way he was brought up. He’s a Portsmouth boy, his grandad was a boxer and went to every game.

‘I took him with me to non-league football, so he’s seen the other side of it and can look after himself.’

Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League table and travel to Elland Road to face Leeds United on Saturday.

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