Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is in favour of Mason Mount’s move to Manchester United but admitted he wanted the midfielder to stay at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea academy graduate has joined the Red Devils for a fee of £60 million. Lampard, who was instrumental in Mount’s development at both Derby County and Chelsea, believes the move to United represents a fantastic opportunity for the 24-year-old midfielder to succeed.

“I think it’s a great signing. It’s a complicated one and in the end, he’s got a year left on his contract [with Chelsea]. So in terms of what he’ll bring to Manchester United, it won’t just be what Mason brings, he will bring loads of talent, but he’s just going to go [up] and [raise] levels. Don’t get me wrong, the bar raise is already there with Bruno Fernandes, [Marcus] Rashford, Casemiro… he will absolutely fit in with it.

“If you’re trying to build, a group mentality of a team, players who are just going to give everything with their talent, he fits it. I’ve seen alternative reaction to what, ‘why would you pay that for him?’, Mason Mount is going to be a fantastic player there, in my opinion,” he told The Diary of a CEO podcast.

Mount made his first appearance for Man United during their pre-season win over Leeds United on Wednesday, lasting 45 minutes.

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