Mason Mount’s long term future at Chelsea is in doubt with a decision set to be made either way this summer.
The 24-year-old is out of contract in the summer of 2024 and Chelsea‘s new approach under the new ownership is to now allow players to enter the final 12 months of their deals.
Mount has been in talks over the last year with Chelsea over a new contract, but nothing has so far been agreed with the two parties at an impasse over what terms they are prepared to offer and accept.
It has seen talks paused until the end of the season so Mount and Chelsea can focus on finishing the season strongly as the Blues look to try to secure European qualification for next season.
As previously reported by The Athletic, Mount has rejected offers which have been made, however it isn’t just down to the wages. The length of the contract, image rights and bonuses are a factor in discussions. Mount is not keen to sign a deal longer than five years, while Chelsea want to tie him down to a six to eight year contract.
With Mount’s future yet to be resolved and being decided in the summer, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have all expressed interest in the England international. Jurgen Klopp’s side have grown in confidence in recent weeks that they can win the race for Mount should he leave Chelsea.
Last week, there was movement in Mount’s camp. It was revealed by Matt Hughes of the Daily Mail that Mount had appointed Neil Fewings from Roof, with Mason and his dad, Tony, soughting more specialist assistance to negotiate with other clubs.
Despite Mount’s appointment of a new agent, this doesn’t just mean his future at Chelsea is over yet. Hiring a new agent likely means Mount is preparing to get his future resolved one way or the other – to extend and stay, or to leave the club he has spent the majority of his life at.
Mount will want to ensure he gets the best contract possible in a difficult period for him. After an impressive 2021/22 campaign which saw him rack up a combined 21 goals and assists, Mount has struggled to find his best form this term, scoring just three and assisting six in 32 matches in all competitions.
Both Chelsea and Mount want to retain their relationship beyond the summer but it will be down to whether terms can be agreed. Head coach Graham Potter has left it down to the two parties, although does want Mount to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Potter admitted: “Ultimately, it’s between the club and Mason. I’ve spoken to him numerous times about his situation, football and life generally.
“My feelings for Mason are clear. He’s a fantastic person, firstly, but sometimes these things happen, they are just complicated. It’s best that I speak little about it and let them get on with and decide what’s right for both parties.”
On wanting Mount to stay, he added: “Yeah, but I’m not naive. I know it’s an important time for him and an important contract. These things have to be right for him and his family and it’s important that he makes a decision on that basis.”
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