Olivier Giroud claimed Mason Mount and Kai Havertz are among the brightest talents he has shared a dressing room with as he tipped the Chelsea duo to mature into "top players".
Giroud, 35, witnessed Mount's meteoric rise at Stamford Bridge during his time with the Blues and spent one season alongside Havertz following his £72million transfer from Bayer Leverkusen last year.
England midfielder Mount, 22, has struggled with fitness issues this campaign but he is considered an important player for club and country.
Havertz, also 22, was previously considered one of the hottest prospects in the Bundesliga and scored the winner in last season's Champions League final.
Giroud rates the two youngsters highly and listed them alongside Santi Cazorla and Eden Hazard as two of the finest players he has called teammates.
"One of the best players I played with at Arsenal was Santi Cazorla. And at Chelsea, Eden Hazard, and there were so many young talented players at Chelsea as well," Giroud told Tribal Football .
"Mason and Kai Havertz, different class, different quality, and I’m looking forward to seeing them grow up and become top players."
Mount has had to defy critics throughout the early stages of his career, brushing off 'teacher's pet' accusations made about alleged favouritism under Frank Lampard and Gareth Southgate.
Giroud believes the versatile playmaker is still under-appreciated given his quality and tipped him to add more honours to his Champions League winners' medal in the years to come
"Yeah, maybe, but you don’t need to listen to these people," said the Frenchman when asked if Mount is underrated. "Mason has got that quality and mentality to go very high, I’ve told him. He deserves to be successful, definitely."
Giroud left Chelsea this summer after three-and-a-half seasons in west London to pursue a new challenge with AC Milan.
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The veteran target man has scored three goals in four league appearances for the Italian giants, who sit second in the Serie A table.
Giroud's glowing opinion on Havertz is shared by Thomas Tuchel, but the Chelsea manager set the Germany international the challenge of contributing with more goal involvements.
The Leverkusen academy graduate only has one goal and one assist to his name this season and Tuchel admits it is "a fact" he is not operating at the same level as last campaign.
Speaking on Tuesday, the Blues boss said: "He (Havertz) is an important player for our squad and it will be like this at the moment. He had many games to start with, he started strong in the season. He was very strong in pre-season.
"The story has not changed, but he lacks, as simple as that, the statistics of decisive things, of goals and assists and he needs to fight his way back into the team."Read More Read More