Mason Mount makes Cristiano Ronaldo admission amid Liverpool summer transfer move

Mason Mount makes Cristiano Ronaldo admission amid Liverpool summer transfer move

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has admitted that Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo had a huge impact on his development as a player in the academy. As a Portsmouth fan, Mount witnessed one of the Portugal international’s most iconic free-kicks and said playing against him was ‘crazy’.

Mount is the latest Chelsea name to be linked with a move away from the club in recent weeks, with The Sun reporting that both Liverpool and Manchester City are considering moves for the England international amid a backdrop of off-field uncertainty at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Rudiger is set to join Real Madrid on a free transfer at the end of the season after the takeover process scuppered any hope of tying the defender to a new deal, while Reece James has also been linked with the Spanish giants. Thomas Tuchel will be desperate to hold onto Mount, with a huge summer transfer challenge already on his plate. But amid the background of speculation, the 23-year-old gave an interview in which he revealed the influence Cristiano Ronaldo has had on him as a player.

“I think everyone has seen the video of when I was younger basing my free kick off him,” he told Amazon Prime in an interview. “I always watched him very closely when he was at United as a young kid. I loved the way he played, his free kicks.

“I’m a massive Pompey fan, so I went to the game when they played at Old Trafford and he scored that free-kick against David James. I was actually at the game, in the corner so I saw it first hand and I think after that I kind of fell in love with the technique and what he’d done and him as a player.

“So I always try to look at and work out, what can I do, to put it into my game? But now to play against him and be up against him is the journey that you go on from watching someone in the stands as a fan and then to being on the same pitch and playing against them. It’s a crazy journey and yeah, that’s why I love football so much.”

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