Chelsea’s contract talks with midfielder Mason Mount are off as the Blues look to focus on finishing the Premier League strongly, amid increased question marks about Mount’s future at Stamford Bridge.
The English midfielder has risen through Chelsea’s famous Cobham Academy, and played a key role in their famous 2021 Champions League win, grabbing the assist for the only goal of the game against Manchester City.
He has struggled since, however, and continues to divide his own fanbase. Now, the 24-year-old is down to the final 18 months in his contract and, as it stands, could walk away from Stamford Bridge for free in the summer of 2024.
And, as per the Athletic, ‘currently, talks about extending Mount’s Chelsea career have been paused and — given the need for Graham Potter’s men to focus on finishing well in the top flight and Europe — they are not expected to resume until the summer’
Worse still, several offers have already been rejected by the boyhood Chelsea fan, who is keen to be fairly compensated for his role at the club, with the Englishman still towards the bottom end of the club’s earners, and having been pushed down further by several high-profile January arrivals.
Come the summer, the report adds, ‘Chelsea’s intention is to secure the academy graduate to fresh terms or approve a sale’, with the new owners not keen to let any player reach the final two years of their contract in the future.
The latest update comes amid reported interest from Liverpool in the Englishman should he become available, with Jurgen Klopp thought to be a big fan of Mount and in desperate need of revamping his midfield in the summers to come, with the Reds currently suffering their worst ever season under the German coach.
Should Mount continue to refuse a new deal in west London, a sale to another Premier League club could be the only way the Blues could recoup a significant fee for their academy poster-boy.