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Mauricio Pochettino responds to question over Mason Mount’s Chelsea exit to Man United



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Mauricio Pochettino remained coy on Mason Mount’s departure to Manchester United after the Chelsea head coach was quizzed over his departure.

Mount departed Chelsea this week for Old Trafford after a £60 million deal was agreed with Man United over a five-year contract, with the option of a further year.

The 24-year-old ended his 18-year association with Chelsea after being unable to strike an agreement over a contract extension and a decision, therefore, was mutually made to part ways.

During his opening interview with MUTV, Mount revealed he found out ‘several months ago’ that he wasn’t in Chelsea’s plans, who have now appointed Pochettino as their new coach.

Mount said: “Several months ago, it became clear that I wasn’t in Chelsea’s plans moving forward. Once I knew that United were involved, my decision was made up.

“A massive club, huge iconic players have played here, and I wanted to be a part of that from the beginning. Getting in early and ready for pre-season to start was a main objective of mine as well.”

Pochettino was asked whether or not he had a say in his future and if he would have liked to have had him in his Chelsea squad for next season.

The Argentine replied: “We cannot talk (about that). When I was talking about the future, it’s to talk about the players who are here and the players who we can maybe add to the squad. He’s a Manchester United player now.

“For sure, he loved the club. But I don’t know what happened in the past.

“I don’t want to talk about that. We need to be focused now on what we expect from our players, the players who are really committed to the club to move on and try to build a very nice story and try to provide a team and club that wins trophies.”