Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount wants first-team future at Stamford Bridge
LONDON -- Mason Mount has told ESPN FC that he wants to play for Chelsea next season and hopes to emulate his current Derby manager Frank Lampard's achievements at the club.
Former Chelsea star Lampard was given a hero's welcome on his return to Stamford Bridge as Derby gave the Blues a scare in the Carabao Cup fourth round before losing 3-2.
On-loan midfielder Mount was one of the Championship side's most impressive performers, creating the second goal for Martyn Waghorn and going close to scoring.
Lampard said that he hoped it would prove to be the first of many Stamford Bridge appearances for Mount and fellow Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori, who recovered from an own goal in the fifth minute to produce an assured performance.
Asked whether he dreamed of emulating Lampard at Chelsea, Mount told ESPN FC: "Definitely. I want to be here next season. That's my goal. I want to come back and play for Chelsea, but at this moment I'm at Derby and I'm loving it, so that's where my focus is.
"He [Lampard] was a bit emotional in the dressing room after. You can see how much the Chelsea fans love him, the Derby fans love him. He just said he's so proud of all of us, to come here and play the way we played, and we can leave here with our heads held high."
Mount has been one of the stars of the Championship so far and played a key role in Derby's shock win over Manchester United in the previous round of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford.
He received a first call-up to Gareth Southgate's senior England squad for recent UEFA Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain.
"This season so far has been unbelievable," he said. "To be called up to England, to play at Old Trafford and then to come and play at the Bridge, there's so much experience I can take away. I'm loving it at Derby at the moment.
"We're playing some unbelievable football and the team is so close, we're like a family. That makes it even better. This season has been a step up and it's been harder, but I've learned so much."