Mason Mount’s father Tony has responded to a report claiming the England international is unhappy with Chelsea’s decision to sign Kai Havertz.
There are a few similarities between Mount and new Chelsea signing Havertz.
Both are 21, Mount is just a few months older, and just like the Havertz at Leverkusen last season, Mount has been the versatile attacker at Chelsea under Frank Lampard.
The pair could have a long-term rivalry which would be expected at a club with Chelsea’s stature but a recent report from German outlet Bild made a rather bold claim saying Mount is unhappy with the Germany international’s arrival.
“Mason Mount is not happy that he has an expensive rival at his position,” Bild’s head of football Christian Falk wrote on Twitter.
Mount’s father Tony responded to the tweet with lots of laughing emojis and pretty much denied the claim.
— Tony Mount (@Mounty57) September 6, 2020
Mount himself has previously predicted that Chelsea might sign a blockbuster signing who could threaten his Chelsea spot and his words suggest he has the right mentality to compete.
“You know Chelsea can always buy £60million or £70m or £80m players that are world-class. They want to come here and take my place,” he told the Daily Mail in January.
“Just because I am an academy boy and young, that doesn’t mean anything. But the mentality I have means I won’t be pushed over easily.
“I will fight for my position and keep working hard. At a club as big as Chelsea you have to have that mentality.
“It always stuck with me. It’s why I am here in the first place.”
Considering the number of competitions Chelsea will compete in, with just a few days in between each game, both Mount and Havertz would likely have plenty of games to play anyway.
Also, Lampard may want to field them together, similar to how Lampard deployed Mount alongside Ross Barkley in midfield in a few occasions last season, given their pair’s attacking qualities.