The 23-year-old England midfielder captained Chelsea in the second of half their penalty defeat to Charlotte Fc on a penalty.
Cesar Azpilicueta has emerged as a transfer target for Barcelona this summer. The Spanish international is currently the longest-serving player in the Chelsea squad and has won eight trophies with the blues.
The 32-year-old has made over 476 appearances for the blues. He is part of the Chelsea squad for their pre-season tour in the United States. Azpilicueta missed out on Chelsea’s last friendly Match against Charlotte Fc through a hamstring injury.
Mason Mount who wore the captain armband in the absence of Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed that he is ready to be Chelsea’s new captain should the Spanish international leave for Barcelona.
What did Mason Mount say?
The two times Chelsea Player of the season told reporters after Chelsea’s game with Charlotte Fc, saying: “Yes, I am still young and I am still learning but whenever the opportunity comes to step up I want to take it.
“Obviously, the gaffer trusted me with captaining the side in the second half and I take that responsibility. Whether we win, whether we lose I always want to be the won to be able to take it.
“To take it on the chin if we win and obviously if we lose as well.”
Chelsea’s deputy captain Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Thiago silva and new Chelsea signing Kalidou Koulibaly are all in contention to be the next Chelsea captain should Cesar Azpilicueta leave.
The Mason Mount added: “I’m naturally not the most vocal.
“I’ve never really been that. When I was captain of the Under-18 FA Youth Cup side I was always someone who tried to lead by example on the pitch.
“But you have to bring that as well and that’s something I am constantly trying to learn from the likes of Azpi and Jorgi who have been captains of this club. Just trying to learn from them and trying to add that to my game.
“Even if you are not someone who leads with the ball and leads on the pitch you have to have that other side as well.’
“We want to be role models to the players that are under-six, under-seven, under-eights, that are coming through looking up to us and what we’ve done over the last couple of years,’ he added when asked whether his progress offers encouragement to the potential Chelsea stars of the future.
“So we just have to keep setting a good example and keep working hard because we are still young and we all still have loads more to achieve. That’s our goal and that’s our pathway at the moment.”
Former Chelsea captain John Terry has also tipped Mason Mount to succeed Cesar Azpilicueta as Chelsea’s next captain.
Mount has been impressive and consistent since he made his debut with former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.
The 23-year-old has scored 30 goals in 160 appearances for Chelsea and has won the Chelsea player of the season two consecutive times.