Chelsea renewal must be right for in-demand Mount, says Potter
Graham Potter acknowledges any new Chelsea contract for Mason Mount must be right for the player, who has been linked with a move away after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge.
Mount’s current Blues deal expires at the end of next season and, with fresh terms yet to be agreed, the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle United have been credited with an interest in the midfielder.
The 24-year-old has missed Chelsea’s last two games – wins over Leeds United and Borussia Dortmund – through injury, though he started just one of their previous four matches across all competitions.
Potter outlined his desire for a swift resolution to Mount’s talks with the club last month, but with no visible progress being made, he accepts the England international may need to take his time.
“Ultimately it is between the club and Mason,” Potter said on Friday. “I have spoken to him numerous times about his situation, football and life generally.
“My feelings for Mason are clear. He is a fantastic person firstly, but sometimes these things happen.
“They are just complicated and it is best that I speak little about it, let them get on with it in deciding what is right for both parties.
“I am not naive. I know it is an important time for him and an important contract. These things have to be right for him and his family. It’s important he makes a decision on that basis.”
Mount has made 32 appearances for Chelsea this season, 26 of them starts, with his tally of six goal contributions only bettered by Raheem Sterling (10) and Kai Havertz (eight) in an underwhelming campaign for the Blues.
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