Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has come out to deny claims about handing the Captain’s hand band to Mason Mount in his last game in charge out of favouritism.
Mason Mount captained Chelsea for the first time ever against Luton town back in January for the first time ever.
Sadly, that was Frank Lampard’s last game as Chelsea manager. The club legend was handed a sack letter a day after the FA cup win against Luton town, and Thomas Tuchel was appointed to replace him immediately.
Frank Lampard, in his defense, have now come out to state that Mason Mount captained Chelsea out of merit not favouritism.
He also explained further saying he had no idea he was going to be sacked a day after the match and he didn’t take that decision as a farewell.
Lampard further stated he handed him the armband that his status among the group had grown.
“A nice feeling for me when I left Chelsea, I made Mason captain. It wasn’t a gesture, I didn’t know I was leaving at that point.” He said in his most recent interview.
“I wanted to show Mason that his authority and standing within the group had risen. When you have players who have that care, it doesn’t matter who the manager is. As you can see, I like him a lot.” Lampard continued.
“Listen, he deserves it. He is playing like a captain and he played like a captain recently and all season. He loves Chelsea and came through the academy.
“The club captain is Azpilicueta and he was not playing today but he is a great role model for Mason. He feels the club, has desire for the club and tries to affect things other than himself.
“You can’t always ask a kid to do that when they are coming through because it is a lot on their shoulders but through the maturity of his performance last season but this season in particular, I have seen that he has gone up a level in his game.” He concluded.