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Chelsea told to ‘respect and reward’ 24-year-old as Man United & Arsenal step up transfer interest



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Chelsea have been told to reward Mason Mount with a new contract in order to fend off interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

The 24-year-old looks increasingly likely to leave Chelsea this summer, with a contract extension yet to be agreed following no significant talks since February.

It’s been reported that the last contract offered was a ‘lucrative one-year deal’, as reported by Nizaar Kinsella, and now Manchester United are stepping up their interest with a £55 million bid set to be made for Mount, who is valued at in excess of £70 million.

Chelsea and incoming boss Mauricio Pochettino want to keep hold of Mount, but with nothing yet agreed and the club’s stance of not allowing players to enter the final year of their deals, Mount’s future at Stamford Bridge looks to be heading one way

Mount is unlikely to feature in Chelsea’s final two games of their 2022/23 campaign due to injury, with Lampard coy on whether or not he feels Mount has played his final game for the club.

Ahead of their Premier League clash against Manchester United on Thursday night at Old Trafford, Jamie Redknapp admitted he isn’t surprised at the level of interest being shown and believes Chelsea need to show more respect to the midfielder.

Redknapp said: “He’s a top young player. He’s got tremendous energy, he can score goals and make goals. It hasn’t been his best season for a number of reasons, but that goes for a lot of Chelsea players this year that should’ve set higher standards.

“I’m not surprised that it’s Man United, it’s Arsenal… it’s pretty much every top side will want him. It will be interesting how much fee they can get for him because of his contract, he hasn’t got long to go. He’s in a really strong position right now.

“It’s just a bit disappointing from my point of view. I like to see young players at clubs, you can identify with them. I think a lot of Chelsea fans will think ‘why have we let him go, he’s one of our own, he’s one of the best that we’ve got’. It’s strange from their point of view.

“You can bring in so many players but they don’t identify with the club. He’s always that link with the academy. Younger players in that academy will look at him and go ‘I want to be the next Mason Mount’. If he goes, it’s actually quite sad for me because he’s been such an important player for them.

“He maybe wants to be rewarded like some of the big earners there. He fully deserves to be. Sometimes when players get bought in, they go straight to the top of the payroll. That shouldn’t be the case. Young players should get respect as well. He’s been Player of the Year the last two years at Chelsea and he deserved to be rewarded for that.”