Mason Mount future in doubt after midfielder turned down a new contract offer from Chelsea F.C. because he felt it was below what other senior players and new signings were earning.
Chelsea Online News:
The 24-year-old has less than 18 months left on his current contract at Stamford Bridge after rising through the ranks. Mount last signed a new contract in July 2019 after impressing on loan with Frank Lampard at Derby, but that deal is now coming to an end.
Mason Mount’s future is unquestionably uncertain as a result of the suspension of contract negotiations with Chelsea. It is also reported that the parties involved are ‘a long way apart’ on a resolution.
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A source claims that negotiations between Mount’s representatives and the club came to an end when the England international turned down an offer because he thought it was too low compared to what other players were making. At the moment, Mount earns £80,000 a week, but startlingly, that salary doesn’t even place him in Chelsea’s top 20 earners.
Raheem Sterling, who makes a staggering £325k a week, leads the Blues’ highest-paid players, with Kalidou Koulibaly, N’Golo Kante, Reece James, and Wesley Fofana rounding out the top five. Despite not being regulars in the starting XI, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Carney Chukwuemeka are also among those making more money than Mount.
According to reports, Mount wants to triple his salary to about £240k per week, but the club is willing to pay much less than they do for high-priced newcomers like Sterling and Fofana. Since taking over the west London club last summer, Todd Boehly has spent more than £600 million, more than half of it in January.
Following the January transfers of Mykhaylo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile, Noni Madueke, David Fofana, Andrey Santos, Joao Felix, and Malo Gusto to the Blues, World Cup champion Enzo Fernandez of Argentina arrived from Benfica in a British record deal for approximately £106 million.
Graham Potter‘s first-team squad grew to a whopping 33 players as a result of having to leave out a few well-known players from their 25-man Champions League group. Included among that was Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, who was also left out of the team to play Fulham on Friday.
Given that they went through the youth system and weren’t signed for exorbitant prices, academy grads like Mount want to be respected and not ignored.
Despite having a transfer embargo against them, the midfielder from Portsmouth developed into a crucial part of Lampard’s team as Chelsea finished in the top four. Mount, James, and Tammy Abraham, for example, were thrust into the team right away and all three impressed as they made it into the Champions League.