Mason Mount has been speaking to the press for the first time since he was nominated for the Ballon d’Or, in the England press conference ahead of the qualifier against Hungary tomorrow.
The Metro had all his quotes as the midfield modestly responded to the very flattering nomination.
“Yeah it was special, I probably found out at the exact same time as everybody else,” Mount said.
“To be alongside those names, it’s a dream. For all the years you work hard, and see that it shows that it pays off. But that’s just the start and it doesn’t stop now,” Mason continued.
When asked if he had a chance of winning, he replied as bashfully as you’d expect:
“I doubt it, but you never know, the most important thing for me is that I continue to hit the levels I’ve set before and go even further.”
It’s true that he will do well to match the favourites this year, but to be nominated at this stage in his career is very promising.
Mount has developed into a key player for the Three Lions as well as Chelsea, so his focus will be on tomorrow night’s game.
But taking a step back after a whirlwind few years, he’s more than entitled to be happy with some quite impressive progress. To from Vitesse to Ballon d’Or nominations in just a few years is truly outstanding – and the individual awards are well deserved.