Agent Mount! Chelsea midfield star reveals he was encouraging Raheem Sterling to move to Stamford Bridge while on duty in England… as he praises his new ‘world-class’ team-mate
- Mason Mount encouraged Raheem Sterling to leave Manchester City for Chelsea
- The England star completed a £47.5m move to Stamford Bridge earlier in July
- Mount praised Sterling’s ability and said his arrival was a major blow
- He also hasn’t ruled out filling the role of Chelsea captain if needed in the future.
Mason Mount has revealed he acted as an undercover agent in Chelsea’s pursuit of Raheem Sterling.
The playmaker said he spoke to his England team-mate, who arrived earlier this month at Stamford Bridge in a £47.5m deal, in an ultimately successful bid to cheer him on to leave Manchester City.
“I talked to him a bit when we were on international duty,” said Mount, 23. He had no idea what was going on. He just said there was interest there and I was obviously saying, ‘We would love to have you at the club’.
Mason Mount said he encouraged Raheem Sterling to leave Manchester City for Chelsea
Sterling arrived at Stamford Bridge in a £47.5m deal from Manchester City earlier this month
Mission accomplished, Mount played alongside his new team-mate for the first time on Wednesday night and is now looking forward to what he can bring to west London.
“I know what he looks like as a person as a player,” he said. “I’ve played under him for the last two years with England and he’s a top guy with a lot to do and a lot more wins to go so it’s great to have him.”
When asked if he was surprised City let Sterling go to a rival, Mount was kept.
“I don’t really think about all that stuff,” he said. “We are just adding another world class player, the best player to our team. He was brilliant for them for many years and he won so much that we got him, we’re lucky. He will do everything to be at the top of his level and win things with us. And we are a team with a lot of ambition and a lot of will to win.
Mount, a Boyhood Chelsea fan who came through the ranks of the club, took the captain’s armband for the second half of what was a disappointing penalty shootout loss to MLS side Charlotte CF.
And he hasn’t ruled out filling the role of captain in the future.
Mount captained Chelsea against Charlotte and wouldn’t hesitate to play the role in the future
“I’m still young and still learning, but whenever the opportunity arises, I want to take it,” he said.
“Obviously the gaffer trusted me to lead the team in the second half and I take that responsibility.
“Whether we win or lose, I always want to be the one who can take it. To take it on the chin if we win and obviously if we lose too.
Mount admits he’s not the most talkative skipper, but thinks he can excel regardless.
“I’m naturally not the most vocal,” he said. ‘I was never really that. When I captained the FA Youth Cup Under-18 team, I was always someone who tried to lead by example on the pitch.
“But you also have to bring that and that’s something I’m constantly trying to learn from Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta) and Jorgi (Jorginho) who have been captains of this club. I’m just trying to learn from them and try to add that to my game.
“Even if you’re not someone who leads with the ball and leads on the pitch, you have to have that other side as well.”