Mason Mount reveals Antonio Rudiger is Chelsea's hardest player and how he didn't believe 'crazy' Lionel Messi praise

MASON MOUNT has revealed Antonio Rudiger is Chelsea's 'hardest' player – and opened up about receiving praise from Lionel Messi.

The England star, 22, has lifted the lid on what goes on inside the Blues' dressing room in a recent interview with the UMM YouTube channel.

He confirmed German Rudiger is the ultimate tough guy at the club, beating young Scot Billy Gilmour to the title.

Mount revealed all on the latest episode of Assumptions when asked if 'Billy Balboa' was the toughest in the Stamford Bridge squad.

The Chelsea star replied: "Na. Yeah, no he's not.

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"He can have a little bite, but… no.

"Toni Rudiger [is the hardest]… there's a video of him snapping Billy in training. It's so funny."

Mount also claimed Jorginho is the biggest prankster in the Chelsea squad, with his trick of choice heating up his boots int he microwave and burning his team-mates with the hot metal studs.

The midfielder has opened up on how he reacted after receiving high praise from none other than Lionel Messi.

Last March, the Barcelona legend tipped Mount for greatness as he named his 15 youngsters to watch.

Messi said: "Having watched him play, he has potential to be one of the best."

On the praise, Mount replied: "I didn't believe it at first… I didn't think it was real.

"I don't really have words for it… it's crazy to believe.

"When you read something like that it gives you more motivation to want to get better and better.

"Hopefully I can do that in the future."

Mount was the star for Chelsea at the weekend as they secured yet another 1-0 win away to Fulham.

The Blues have now won 131 Premier League games by that scoreline – a competition record.

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