Revealed: Mauricio Pochettino’s stance on Mason Mount and the six players he wants to build Chelsea around

Incoming Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to make Mason Mount a central part of his plans at Stamford Bridge as the Blues weigh up selling the midfielder this summer.

The Argentine is due to take charge of the club this summer, becoming the fourth manager of Todd Boehly’s year-long time in charge in west London. And the 51-year-old is keen to keep Mount, whose future has been up in the air after he rejected a new contract, and with his current deal due to expire in 2024.

It has led to interest from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich in the midfielder, who has not played since the beginning of April thanks to a groin injury.

However, Pochettino is reportedly ‘confident that the 24-year-old would fit into his system’, and as a result ‘he’s hopeful Mount will commit his long-term future to his boyhood club’ as one of six cornerstones around which he will build his side.

Six players safe from sale

Alongside Mount, N’Golo Kante is another that Pochettino would love the chance to work with, despite the Frenchman having suffered with several injuries over the last few seasons.

Kante is set to be out of contract this summer, but the Blues are hopeful that he will sign a two-year extension in west London.

Meanwhile, four defenders are also safe. Star fullback pair Reece James and Ben Chilwell will not be sold, while left-footed center-backs Benoit Badiashile and Levi Colwill will also be key parts of the Chelsea squad next season should they wish to remain.

Beyond that, very few seem safe, with reports that already the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be moved on, just 12 months after their arrival.

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