Frank Lampard has praised Mason Mount amid reports that the midfielder is likely to be rewarded with an England call-up after his impressive early-season form for Chelsea .
The midfielder has caught the eye for Frank Lampard’s Blues and is expected to be included for next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
Boss Gareth Southgate names his squad on Thursday and is a fan of Mount, having invited him to train with the seniors before last year’s World Cup.
The 20-year-old, who has scored two goals in four games this term, was called up for the Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain in 2018 but is yet to earn a cap.
England are top of Group A after successive five goal wins against the Czech Republic and Montenegro. They host Bulgaria at Wembley on September 7 and then Kosovo at St Mary’s Stadium on September 10.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has praised Mount for the way he has stepped up and become a key figure at Chelsea.
‘I don’t want to say he’s surprised me with the way he’s taking to the Premier League because I have real belief in him,’ said Lampard.
‘But he has made me stand up and take notice of just how far he can go in the game. Doing well last year at Derby was great but that’s one thing, and coming to Chelsea and performing at this level with all the competition for places is another.
‘Mason has a fantastic character and that’s part of his overall package, plus he has the quality on the ball. Intelligent players who are hungry and have that talent and are fantastic to work with, and Mason is exactly that.
‘He’s impressed me even more from pre-season and I believe he can absolutely go to the top if he continues to work hard.’
Reports in England claim Portuguese side Rio Ave are considering signing Chelsea outcast Lucas Piazon.
Piazon is nowhere the first-team squad and seems destined for a seventh loan move despite being out of contract next summer, with interest from Portugal and Spain
The Brazilian, who has made just three Blues appearances since arriving from Sao Paulo in 2011, would most likely have to take a pay-cut with his current contract at Stamford Bridge expiring next summer.
Football.london report that, quoting a source close to the player, there has been firm interest from Portugal and Spain with a decision on his future likely in the next 48 hours.
Reports in Portugal also suggest that Rio Ave are confident of agreeing a two-year loan deal – and that is where things get interesting because he is out of contract at the end of this season.
Shortly after Lucas Piazon joined Chelsea as a teenager in 2011, the Brazilian attacker gave an interview in which he had one determined message. “Everybody knows I am here to play,” he said.
Eight years later Piazon, now 25, is still on the books at Stamford Bridge and became the club’s longest-serving player when Tomas Kalas was sold to Bristol City for £8million last month.
Piazon has spent time on loan at both Fulham and Reading as well as Malaga, Vitesse Arnhem and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed his desire to return to the Old Trafford, insisting he could still easily cut it in the Premier League.
Manchester United have let Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leave this summer as they try and rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood are now their only senior striking options.
The Swedish striker, now 37, is currently plying his trade at MLS side LA Galaxy, where he is showing few signs of slowing down.
He netted 29 times in 53 appearances for United and two goals against rivals LAFC on Sunday took his tally for Galaxy this season to 22.
‘I could play easily in the Premier League. So if United needs me, I’m here,’ Ibrahimovic said. ‘But Galaxy has me so I’m sorry.’
Seventeen months have passed since Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford, in which time United have slipped further behind rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
But despite his typical confidence the striker insisted he has no immediate plans to head back across the Atlantic, report the Daily Mail.
‘Nah, I did my job in Europe,’ he said. ‘I enjoyed it, I have 33 trophies that I brought with me here and hopefully I can get something here. Then we’ll see where that adventure finishes.’
Ibrahimovic still keeps an eye on his former side from Los Angeles, claiming: ‘I saw the last game and I think they were unlucky. If (Marcus Rashford) scored the penalty, it’s a different game, but a game in England is not finished until it’s finished. Anything can happen, especially in the last minutes where everything is in the heat of the moment.’
Ibrahimovic and Pogba were close while both at United and the Swedish striker recently claimed it ‘made no sense’ for the club to keep the Frenchman if he wants to leave.
The pair still keep in touch, but Ibrahimovic stayed tight-lipped on what they discuss.
‘I speak with him. A lot of advice I give – but nothing I share with you,’ Ibrahimovic smiled.