Chelsea Academy Graduate Refuses New Contract
Chelsea fc reportedly failed in their previous attempt to negotiate a new contract with Mason Mount.
Mount has established himself as a crucial member of the team after getting drafted into the first team in August 2020 and signing a long-term contract at the same time.
As many as 33 goals and 37 assists have been provided during his 188 appearances in all competitions, but that ratio has not carried over into this campaign.
Mount has just three strikes and two assists from 20 outings in the Premier League, by far his worst period of form in England’s top flight.
Nonetheless, Chelsea’s new hierarchy is determined to extend the academy graduate’s contract, bolstering their work with some of his teammates.
Todd Boehly is keen to tie the club’s most prized assets down to contracts of six years or more, a method being used to help the club’s position with FFP.
With Mount now having less than 18 months left on his existing deal, the 24-year-old is now regarded as one of Boehly’s priorities ahead of the summer.
However, according to the Daily Mail, Mount has yet to give the green light when it comes to lengthening his stay at Stamford Bridge.
The report suggests that there is a considerable distance between what is being offered and what Mount is prepared to accept in order to prolong representing the Blues.
Mount is said to feel that the terms being presented to him are significantly below what have been given to some of his teammates, with direct comparisons likely to be made with the likes of Reece James and Raheem Sterling.
The England international is rumored to want to earn around £240,000 per week, which is three times his current salary at West Ham.
While negotiations are likely to continue, Chelsea are not in a position where they can afford to risk losing Mount on a free transfer in 2024.
In the past, Liverpool have been credited with an interest in Mount, although it is unclear what level of fee Chelsea would demand if they received an offer from a direct rival.