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Lionel Messi declaration about Chelsea star is coming true this season

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has previously delivered his verdict on Mason Mount, amid the ongoing debate about the Chelsea midfielder’s talents.

The Blues academy graduate has come under fire from England supporters in recent months with many believing Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate should choose Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.

Grealish, who netted in Villa’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham on Monday night, has previously stressed that he does not believe he is in direct competition with the Chelsea midfielder.

“I love Mason,” he said. “It’s a bit annoying actually because he probably gets a little bit of stick at times from it, but I’ve always been close with Mason, I think he’s an absolutely terrific player.

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“I don’t even think we’re really fighting for the same spot to be honest.

“Like I said, I think Mason’s underrated and he deserves all the credit he gets. I think people that know about football will understand just how good he is.”

Grealish’s admission is echoed by Barcelona superstar Messi, who has hailed Mount as an outstanding talent.

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Messi was previously asked to name 15 prodigies who he believes can be the future of the game, for a Topps ‘Lionel Messi-Designed Set’ card pack.

And along with Chelsea star Mount, he named Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.

“Having watched him play he has the potential to be one of the best,” Messi said on Mount.

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Messi’s declaration has proven to be accurate, as the Chelsea midfielder continues to impress for the Blues this season.

Mount has firmly established himself as one of Frank Lampard’s most dependable players, and started in the goalless draw against Tottenham on…

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