Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount says his success with loan club Vitesse Arnhem was thanks to preparation.
He knows the is a growing clamour among Chelsea fans for him to be given his chance next season, and that the FA have marked him out as one of their best hopes for future international honours.
Mount told The Sun: “To get ready for going out on loan to another country, I started staying in my own place in Cobham, learning how to look after myself in a flat.
“I knew this opportunity might arise so that helped just getting ready for it, and that has helped a lot as now I’m here on my own and obviously you need to be able to look after yourself.
“This is men’s football so you need to grow up very quickly.
“That last year at Chelsea definitely got me ready so I knew what to expect.
“It all starts as a young boy at Chelsea, they set you up for everything. It’s been the best decision I have made from a young age, you learn the most and it has set me up perfectly.
“You always have that expectation of having to deliver coming through at Chelsea, all the spotlight is on you when you are winning things.
“It’s something you have on your back from a young age, to be fair I don’t really look at all that – I just try to focus on playing football, playing my best every game.
“Having that in your mind, it might sway your concentration so you can’t let it come in to your thinking.
“My focus is just on finishing the season as well as I can at Vitesse and then see what happens. You don’t know what is going to happen in the future in this game.”