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Michael Owen claims Mason Mount and Phil Foden will become 'two of the best players in the world'

Published on: 05 May 2021

Michael Owen has claimed that Mason Mount and Phil Foden will become two of the best players in the world and will reach the same level as Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

England team-mates Mount and Foden are set to face each other when Chelsea take on Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29.

Both players have enjoyed excellent seasons and Mount has been crucial to Chelsea's progress, as he demonstrated again on Wednesday by scoring in their 2-0 semi-final second leg victory at home to Real Madrid.

Owen described Mount as 'phenomenal' and added that he believes Foden, 20, can become one of England's greatest ever players.

Speaking on BT Sport, Owen said: 'It's so exciting for the summer of course with England. I think Mason Mount, and Phil Foden for that matter, are going to be two of the best players in the world in the future. They're that good. It's going to be so exciting to watch that.

Asked whether Mount and Foden can be compared to Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund star Haaland, Owen said: 'They're going to get there, Mount is a phenomenal player - but Foden can be one of the best players England has ever seen.'

Mount has developed extremely well since breaking into the Chelsea side at the start of last season and he now has the chance to win two trophies this season, with the Blues also through to the final of the FA Cup, where they will play Leicester.

The 22-year-old endured some criticism last season but he has frequently caught the eye this campaign, scoring nine goals and providing eight assists across all competitions.

Mount's all-round performances have been of a very high standard as he has linked play superbly as well as demonstrating his excellent tactical understanding of the game.

Owen believes that the clash between Chelsea and City in Turkey will be intriguing from a tactical perspective as Thomas Tuchel takes on Pep Guardiola.

Owen said: 'Yeah it's horses for courses. Man City are the best team in Europe, I have no doubt about that. If it was a two-legged game, you would back City even more. But a one-off game they have the tools to hurt anybody (Chelsea).

'It will be a fantastic tactical battle, two great minds of football going head to head.'

Ferdinand, meanwhile, stressed that the prospect of a significant amount of English players taking part in the Champions League final is a major positive.

He said: 'Pep's won 14 out of 15 finals, it's mouth-watering. What I love is that it's about seven, eight, nine English players playing in the Champions league final.

'Talking selfishly about England players going to that expectation of winning a tournament. The Champions League is a dream final for us now. Hopefully we can get everyone out to Istanbul.'


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