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Mason Mount’s telling promise to his father just minutes after Champions League final

Chelsea talisman Mason Mount vowed to win the Premier League just moments after the full-time whistle brought the Champions League final to a close.

Mount provided the all-important assist for Kai Havertz’s winner as the Blues defeated Manchester City in Porto last Saturday.

It marked the midfielder’s first trophy after Chelsea fell short in successive FA Cup finals against Arsenal last year and Leicester City in May.

But following his first taste of silverware, Mount’s attention immediately turned to more titles and he promised his father he would collect a Premier League winners’ medal.

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The 22-year-old celebrated on the pitch with his brother and father, Tony, who opened up on their conversation.

Mount celebrated Chelsea's triumph with his brother and father, Tony
Mount celebrated Chelsea’s triumph with his brother and father, Tony

Tony Mount told The Byline podcast: “When we were on the pitch after the game, I grabbed him by his ears I think and I just said, ‘you’ve won it, you’ve won the Champions League! Can you believe it?’

“He just went, ‘yeah, I’m going to win the Premier League now’.

“It’s like, ‘enjoy this one’, but he’s like, ‘I am but I’m going to win the Premier League, we’re going to win the Premier League’. I’m like, ‘yeah I agree, I think you will’.

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“It’s unbelievable and that’s why I’m saying, ‘Mason, enjoy this, suck it all in, go and give something back to the fans’.

“We will think about winning the Premier League pre-season but that’s Mason you know. He’s won the Champions League now, he wants to win the Premier League.”

Tony Mount’s insight speaks volumes about his son’s mentality, while the playmaker himself spoke of his delight at lifting a first trophy.

Mount told BT Sport: “I can’t put it into words. It’s impossible. I’ve played in two [previous] finals for Chelsea and we lost them both.

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“It’s all I’ve dreamt of, winning a trophy with Chelsea. To go all the way in the Champions League, we played some tough teams.

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“At this moment in time, we’re the best team in the world. You can’t take that away from us.”

Mount has been on Chelsea’s books since 2005 and made his debut under Frank Lampard in August 2019.

His meteoric rise from talented prospect to lynchpin for club and country was recognised earlier this week as he was named the Premier League Academy Graduate for the 2020/21 season.

The award recognises homegrown players aged 23 or under who have shone while transitioning from academy to first team, with Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold among the previous winners.

Meanwhile, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel gave a glowing report on Mount last month, telling Sky Sports: “There are no limits. He has the full package.

“He is incredibly talented and even more importantly, he has the personality at a very young age to keep his feet on the ground, to arrive every day at Cobham [Chelsea’s training ground] with a smile on his face.”

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