After playing a crucial role in Derby’s run the English Championship playoff final last season whilst on-loan from Stamford Bridge, Mount has broken into the Blues’ first-team this season and has scored in two of their first three Premier League fixtures.
Now a starting player for such a massive club, the 20-year-old could be named in Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad later this week, as the Three Lions continue their quest to qualify for Euro 2020 against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
But Mount’s blossoming career could’ve taken a very different path had Clarke managed to pull off what would’ve been a serious transfer coup several seasons ago.
Speaking to Tribal Football, via the Sun, the former Killie manager said: “Mount was part of the Chelsea FA Youth Cup winning team and I was interested in taking him to Kilmarnock.
“I think he was only around 16, 17 at the time, but Chelsea weren’t interested in loaning him out at such a young age.
“Whether they thought Scottish football at that time was the right place for him anyway was another thing.
“I caught a glimpse of him when I’d been down south watching a couple of youth cup games when they went on to win the competition.
“You could tell even at that age that he was going to make something of himself, he is just a fantastic player.”
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