Fabrizio Romano has provided an intriguing update on Mason Mount’s future, amid speculation that he has rejected a new offer from Chelsea.
The arrival of British-record signing Enzo Fernandez has given the England international more competition to contend with, but he is still a vital player for Graham Potter.
Mount’s current contract expires at the end of next season, so Chelsea would do well to get him to agree terms on a new deal as soon as possible.
Chelsea have struggled to find consistent form this season, currently sitting in a disappointing ninth place in the Premier League table after winning just eight of their 21 opening matches.
With Potter’s team 10 points adrift from the top four, there is a lot of pressure on January signings to put in good performances instantly.
Fernandez went straight into Chelsea’s starting XI in their goalless draw with Fulham on Friday, playing alongside Conor Gallagher as a double pivot, with Mount further forward in midfield.
Although it was a solid performance from the midfield trio, with the Argentine playing the starring role, the Blues didn’t offer enough threat going forward, failing to create many clear cut chances.
This is one of Mount’s key roles for Chelsea, usually featuring as an attacking midfielder. This season, he has averaged 1.5 key passes and 1.6 shots per game, but has so far contributed only three goals and two assists this season.
Despite this, Mount has remained a consistent starter under Potter, playing all but one of their league games so far.
As mentioned, there have been suggestions from several outlets that negotiations over a new contract have hit a roadblock, with Mount allegedly rejecting the Blues’ proposed terms.
F365 reported on Sunday that Mount was holding out for a staggering £240,000 a week contract, which would be triple his current wage of £80,000.
However, according to Romano, talks are still ongoing and there has been no major fall out as suggested.
Writing for Caught Offside, he said: “A lot has been said about Mason Mount’s future again, particular his role in the team now that Chelsea have spent big money on the likes of Enzo Fernandez and Mykhaylo Mudryk.
“I’m told negotiations are still ongoing between Chelsea and Mount, so let’s see how the conversation will go in the next weeks and months.
“I think it would be fair to say that automatic starters don’t exist when the competition is that high, he knows he has to perform at top level to keep his place, but nothing has changed.”
If these reports are to be believed, while talks over a new deal are not close to being finalised, that doesn’t mean they have stopped altogether either.
Chelsea ultimately have until the end of the season to negotiate an extension for Mount – and if they can’t – then they may have to sell him.
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