Potter refuses to intervene as Mount contract saga rumbles on

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Chelsea head coach Graham Potter says he will not intervene in contract negotiations between the club and Mason Mount as the Blues midfielder’s future remains up in the air. The England international is yet to sign a long-term contract extension with the club and, with interest from fellow Premier League teams, it remains possible Mount could leave if no resolution is found.

Mount has less than 18 months to run on his current deal, which expires in 2024, and Premier League clubs such as Liverpool and Manchester City are thought to be monitoring the situation ahead of a potential summer move.

But despite the threat of losing of the club’s valued academy graduates and a player who contributed 11 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League last season, Potter believes it is best for him to allow talks to continue without his influence.

“I think it’s always complicated, there’s always negotiations. it’s best I leave it between Mason and the club,” Potter said of Mount’s contract situation. “That’s the best way for that to be dealt with, as far as I’m concerned.

“He’s been fantastic to work with, an important player for us, and I hope it gets resolved quickly.”

The 24-year-old is currently one of the lowest-paid senior members in Potter’s squad and is believed to be earning around £60,000-a-week – a figure dwarfed by team-mates such as Raheem Sterling and Reece James.

Chelsea are desperate to tie down Mount to a new seven-year contract as they see the versatile midfielder as a future club captain. But Mount has so far rejected their offer for a pay rise, believed to be in excess of £200,000-a-week, as he wants his contract to reflect his value as one of the club’s most important players.


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