Mason Mount says Chelsea are ready to take a big step forward next season under Frank Lampard.
Mount, 21, came of age in a breakthrough campaign at Stamford Bridge as the Blues clinched Champions League qualification.
They have since brought in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, and are locked in talks over Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell too.
And Mount believes Chelsea boss Lampard will drive them on to even more glory next season, with the pressure on to get even better.
He said: “There are things we have to work on to get better but we are on the right path, we are driven to win trophies, to really step up our game.
Mason Mount is set for a big future at Chelsea
“We have shown this season that we are capable of doing that. The gaffer has been there and done it.
“He knows when to put his arm around you and he knows when to tell you that you need to improve on something or look at this in your game and see where you can do better.”
Mount forced his way into the England squad this season, finishing the campaign with eight goals and six assists.
But he revealed that when he was still in Chelsea’s Academy, his father had doubts about him staying at the club with so few youngsters getting a chance.
Declan Rice is on holiday with Mason Mount in Mykonos
Mount saw his best friend Declan Rice leave for West Ham – but decided to stick it out and is earning his rewards in Lampard’s new-look young team.
He said: “When I was 14 I was fortunate to be offered something and I was about to sign a new contract. But a few lads did leave.
“When Dec left it did affect me a lot at the time. I knew as one of my closest friends that that wouldn’t be the end of him and he would work as hard as he could to get where he is.
“My dad always had questions because there weren’t all that many young players coming through into the first team.
“John Terry was the…