Declan Rice has tipped Chelsea star Mason Mount to go to “another level” in a prediction that will excite Blues fans.
West Ham ace Rice is good friends with Mount with the pair having known each other since they were young.
Mount has been a regular at Chelsea under both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel and has scored three goals in his last eight matches.
Though Rice believes the 22-year-old can still improve and is backing Mount to become one of the best players in the world.
“[Our friendship] is strong as anything,” Rice told the Premier League about his relationship with Mount.
“We’ve been best friends since we were eight-years-old so it’s been an unbelievable journey to where we both are right now.
“I can’t have anyone speaking bad about him. He deserves everything that comes his way.
“He’s a top player and I think he can go on to another level as well. He’s unbelievable, he can go again and keep rising to be one of the world’s best.”
It’s a view that Tuchel agrees with, having recently praised his midfielder.
The boss, who replaced Lampard in January, said: "I don’t want to put a limit on his development.
"It is obvious he has a lot of potential, he is a great footballer and super nice guy, eager to learn, hungry to win, open-minded and, for that, I think that for him, he can perform for any manager.
"He really means it; he has this internal motivation and a nice guy with a big personality. What more can you wish for? He’s top.
"When he came in he showed what a big influence he can also have from the bench and from here there are no guarantees for anybody, also not for Mason right now.
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“It is easy with him. He leaves his heart on the pitch, but everybody else does the same thing.
"It is a team effort and Mason is the first to agree on that and to behave like that. This is what we need. Is there room to improve? Yes. Is there a lot of room? Yes, there is a lot of room to improve also for him and there are no gifts.”
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