Frank Lampard has rubbished a report which claimed Mason Mount was disgruntled by Chelsea’s £72million signing of Kai Havertz.
The Blues sealed Havertz’s move on a five-year deal from Bayer Leverkusen last week after a lengthy pursuit of the Germany star.
The 21-year-old is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in Europe and enjoyed another stellar season with 18 goals and nine assists in the 2019/20 campaign.
Havertz’s arrival in west London is likely to limit Mount’s game time as the duo occupy similar areas of the pitch, while a report in Germany claimed the England midfielder was “unhappy” with the signing earlier this week.
But Mount’s father, Tony, laughed at the claims and Blues boss Lampard has since echoed the message that the 21-year-old is quite content at Stamford Bridge.
“I saw the story about Mason Mount and I know it was absolutely fabricated from someone, particularly if it came from the German end,” Lampard told a Zoom press conference ahead of the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.
“I am not sure if he has any relatives out there or friends he can talk to, but it was a strange angle for that to have come from Mason.
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“What I do know is with the young players who have got into the team, and the way football is at a club like Chelsea, if you are a young player who has a foot in and the club bring in a player who you hope raises levels, then the player should, and hopefully will raise their levels and everybody improves.
“I will be fair on how I pick the team. I won’t pick the team on whether you came from the academy, I will pick the team on how I think it should be picked every week, how they train and how they have been performing.
“Everybody should be positive going into the season, training as well as they can and then worry about the unity of the squad and how we go as a team.”
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