Chelsea star Mason Mount has reacted positively to the fact there is now more competition for him in the Blues squad. Frank Lampard shelled out in the region of £250million in the summer transfer window to close the gap on the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.
That included big-money additions in the shape of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.
The trio could mean significantly less playing time for Mount who played in an incredible 53 matches last season for Chelsea.
The England international has not sulked though and has made a point of fighting for his place at Stamford Bridge this campaign.
The attacking midfielder started the first five Premier League matches for Frank Lampard but was left on the bench last time out against Crystal Palace.
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Mount is regularly criticised on social media but the Chelsea boss has been proven right so far with his assessment of the youngster.
Only N’Golo Kante can be compared to the 21-year-old when it comes to work rate in training.
A source told The Athletic: “One of the reasons Lampard likes Mount is because he trains every day as if it is his last.
“He has the ambition to be one of the best. When the club made all the signings during the window, he reacted positively and made it obvious he was going to fight for his place.”
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Mount is also valued by England boss Gareth Southgate and scored the winner against Belgium in the Nations League last Sunday.
The midfielder has made it clear from the start of the season he is ready to fight, improve and prove that Lampard is right about trusting his talent.
He told Sky Sports: “Chelsea are a massive club and they will always bring players over so, as an English player from this club, you know that’s going to happen.
“When you have players coming in, they are going to help the team out. You always have to have that outlook on it.
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“There is always going to be that little bit of a feeling they could be coming into your position but with me, I am always positive and up for the challenge.
“The manager is massive on training, having that standard, so that when we go into the games, we are all ready. I love competing against my fellow players.”
Chelsea return to action on Saturday when they take on Southampton in the Premier League (3pm).
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