Mason Mount is relishing his return to Chelsea.
After two straight seasons on loan, the 20-year-old has scored two goals from four appearances in the Premier League so far this season.
“Before the season even started it was an exciting time for the academy boys because there was maybe a chance that was going to arise,” Mount told Chelsea’s matchday programme. “We are loving it at the moment, and we are just working hard, getting our heads down.
“It is a very hard step because you look at the squad and how many world-class players there are here. For me, training with them every day, working under the gaffer, learning all the time, is the best thing for me.
“I am obviously learning and loving every minute of being with the first team, working really hard, but in the back of my mind, I am always pinching myself because this is what I have wanted my whole life and this is what I worked for.
“I think it means so much more when you have been here for all those years, working hard every single year, to get to the first team. That has always been my goal and every single coach I have worked with through the years helped me, so it’s not just me making that step to the first team, it’s for all the manager I have worked with. It was a very special moment.”