Frank Lampard slams Twitter trolls in Mason Mount defence but sends warning to Chelsea ace

Frank Lampard has defended Mason Mount against the social media trolls – and insisted that the England man is in his Chelsea team on merit. Mount has been the victim of vicious social media abuse from Chelsea fans who believe Lampard favours the midfielder ahead of other players, some jokingly saying it was as if the youngster was his son.

The 21-year-old has also received flak from England supporters criticising the fact that he was picked ahead of Aston Villa star Jack Grealish by Gareth Southgate.

But Blues boss Lampard has insisted that no player gets any favours – and that Mount is as good as there is out there.

Lampard, whose team face Rennes tonight and could qualify from the group if they win and Sevilla beat Krasnodar in Russia, said: “Make no mistake, Mason Mount or any other player in this squad will not be getting any favouritism from me.

“In midfield areas I’ve got options. Nobody gets the edge – other than how they train and perform.”

The Chelsea manager added: “Social media has changed the whole landscape of how we look at football. It’s very easy to sit on the phone and make harsh statements.

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“Mason, looks clean cut. He’s doing one advert where he’s taking his top off – and that’s about as edgy as he gets.

“He’s very easy and casual – he hasn’t got an Instagram reel of flicks. He doesn’t do treble stepovers and flicks over the back of his head – as he shouldn’t do.

“He makes really efficient, clean, sharp passes, he presses as well as any midfield player I’ve worked with, or played alongside.

“There are a hundred things within Mason’s game that impress managers he works for. It’s a different type of football, which makes it easy for people to bracket him off. But I certainly don’t.

“I don’t want to add fuel to the fire of him being ‘my son’ or anything because I’ve been so positive about him. I know Mason has a lot to improve.

“But look at his attitude and desire to improve. He can score more goals, can make more assists, but he’s a quality footballer who can only get better.”

Mount said: “A big focus of mine is about what I do on the pitch. I don’t really look too much into the social media side.

“With the fans not at the stadiums, a lot of people have got a lot to say on social media. People watching the game. I try to stay off it even if we’ve won the game or lost the game, it doesn’t really matter to me.

“I know the focus on my performance or the team’s performance is on the pitch. We’ve got to do what we have to do on the pitch.

“What comes with it off, it doesn’t bother me too much. The focus is trying to get the three points every game.

“It means a lot to me to have two managers who trust me and are willing to put me in games. I will always be ready for any opportunity I get, It means a lot.


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“As a midfielder, the way I am means I want to score as many goals that I can. It was brilliant to finish off the camp (with a goal).

“We have a long break now and it was good to get a goal, and to win the game was the most important thing for us to build on it.

“For me personally I am loving playing recently and that’s what I want to keep doing and carry on that way.”

Chelsea will have Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz available tonight after missing the 2-0 win at Newcastle at the weekend.

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