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Lampard hoping to rely on youngsters Zouma, Mount this season

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Published on July 19, 2019 - Duration: 00:49s
Lampard believes Zouma and Mount can have good seasons for Chelsea
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Lampard hoping to rely on youngsters Zouma, Mount this season

SHOWS: YOKOHAMA, JAPAN (JULY 19, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA MANAGER, FRANK LAMPARD, SAYING: "In terms of Kurt Zouma, yes.

He is a very good defender for us.

A very good player, a very good person, professional and I want him here.

Simple as that.

We are competitive with the centre backs we have got in the team and he had a very good season at

Class="kln">Everton - I understand why they want him - but he is a Chelsea player.

I want him and I want him to be happy.

He is working really hard and if he competes for a position and plays well this season he plays." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA MANAGER, FRANK LAMPARD, SAYING: "Well we know Mason (Mount) is part of the first-team squad this year and it is time, it is time for him.

His qualities will improve even more with the quality around him and everybody knows the hopes I have for Mason and he showed today just a start, a little glimmer in early pre-season of what we may see this year and going forward." STORY: Frank Lampard knows he will have to rely on youth during his first season as Chelsea manager, but the former midfielder is excited about working with two of his young charges in particular -- Kurt Zouma and Mason Mount.

Following Chelsea's 1-0 pre-season friendly loss to Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama on Friday (July 19), Lampard praised Zouma, 24, and Mount, 20.

French defender Zouma spent last season on loan at Everton, where he impressed so much that the Merseyside club's manager Marco Silva wants him back.

Lampard, however, wants to keep his man at Stamford Bridge.

Zouma played alongside David Luiz at centre back during the first half against Kawasaki and the Brazilian wants to make that a permanent partnership this season.

Another player to return to Chelsea this campaign is midfielder Mount, who played under Lampard on loan at Derby County last season.

He signed a five-year contract earlier this month and Lampard is happy to throw the Chelsea academy product into the first team immediately.

Chelsea have enjoyed success at academy level, winning seven FA Youth Cups between 2009-2018, but few of those players have gone on to play regularly for their first team.

Yet with the club under a FIFA transfer ban for the next two windows, Lampard may have to rely more heavily on youth.

Chelsea were second best against Kawasaki and the raucous home crowd got what they wanted when Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao took advantage of some sloppy Chelsea defending to head the winner four minutes from fulltime.

Chelsea are in action again on Tuesday (July 23), when they play Barcelona in Saitama, just north of Tokyo.

(Production: Jack Tarrant)

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