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Chelsea midfielder Mount proud to have won over sceptical Kashia at Vitesse

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has revealed how he won over former Vitesse captain Guram Kashia during his season on-loan.

Mount was 18 when he followed the path trodden by so many Chelsea players and joined Vitesse on a season's loan in the summer of 2017.

"I walked in to the dressing room and there were a lot of big characters who had done a lot in the game," Mount told the Daily Mail. "I am a kid. It's a test. So I am going round and shaking everybody's hand and he [Kashia] told me at the end of the season what he was actually thinking.

"He said to me later: 'I couldn't believe they had signed this tiny little kid. You looked lost and I couldn't believe we had signed you'.

"I probably looked scared and nervous and young and small. Which I was. But by the end of the season I had been voted Player of the Year by the fans and had scored 14 goals.

"I had grown so much and learned so much. For him [Kashia] to later say that he was wrong and that I had proved my worth meant a lot. It meant I had won that particular battle. I had met that challenge."

Kashia is now playing for San Jose Earthquakes in MLS.

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