Chelsea playmaker Mason Mount promised his father that he would be a Chelsea starter after his dad pleaded with him to depart from the club aged 14.
Before the 2018/19 season, the Blues had not had an academy graduate that has been a regular since their legendary captain John Terry.
Frank Lampard has changed that, after a transfer ban, by drafting the English playmaker, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori also in te Blues starting XI.
The talented English trio have been in stunning form for Chelsea this summer, however, Mount explained he had to resist a push from his father to quit from the West London club in order to have a future at another club.
He told the Sun: ‘When I was 14, my dad told me I should leave Chelsea.
‘There are so many good players in the academy and a lot of people were saying not many youngsters ever get to make it here.
‘That was the discussion we had but I told him that I’d be the first graduate to make it since John Terry — because it was always my goal to play for Chelsea and I didn’t want to go anywhere else.
‘I loved the competition and I think the fact that Fik (Tomori) and myself both worked for Frank last season gave us a bit of an advantage for coming into pre-season.
‘Having an English manager who knows all the young English players coming through the academy has given both of us that confidence to go out and perform.’
Mount has played in every game for Chelsea this campaign at both Premier League and Champions League and he has already managed to found back of the net four times.