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Chelsea midfielder Mount will “end up” at Real Madrid or Barcelona, insists former team-mate

By Chris Smith

Published: 16:13, 23 October 2019

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount would be a perfect fit for Real Madrid or Barcelona, according to former team-mate Mitchell van Bergen.

Mount has risen to prominence with the Chelsea first team this season under Frank Lampard, scoring four goals in nine Premier League appearances and earning his first senior caps for England.

Is Mount good enough for Real or Barca? Five things to know…

  • Mount already has four Premier League goals for Chelsea this season.
  • He has also created more chances in the Premier League (18) than any other Chelsea player.
  • He worked with Lampard on loan at Derby last season having spent the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Vitesse.
  • Former team-mate Van Bergen believes Mount could one day play for Barca or Real Madrid.
  • Mount’s current Chelsea contract runs until June 2024.

The 20-year-old spent last season working under Lampard on loan at Derby County having already scored 14 goals in 39 appearances during a temporary spell with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in the 2017/18 season.

While in the Netherlands, Mount often shared a room with Van Bergen and the Dutch youth international – who now plays for Heerenveen – is anything but shocked by his former team-mate’s form, believing he could one day find himself playing for one of the La Liga giants.

“I look at Chelsea matches more often because of him,” he told NOS.

“He got his chance there and took hold of it. And he’s also knocking on the door of the English national team. That doesn’t surprise me.

“Mason is going to reach the absolute top. In the Premier League, he will be a complete player and I see him eventually ending up at Barcelona or Real Madrid. I think he will fit there.”

Another former team-mate of Mount’s, Thomas Bruns, often had to make way for the England international during their time together at Vitesse.

However, he doesn’t hold any grudges against the Chelsea man, instead hailing Mount’s “distinguished” abilities.

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“The way in which Mason, for example, could put a ball behind the opponent’s defence exactly in the path of a fellow player. It seems simple, but it is not. With actions like that, he distinguished himself from the rest,” said Bruns, who is currently on loan from Vitesse at PEC Zwolle.

“At that time it was, of course, disappointing, but not entirely illogical in view of his development. He almost always came up with something brilliant and gradually made his mark on Vitesse.”

Mount’s Chelsea face Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday before travelling to Burnley on Saturday.