Mason Mount is happy at Chelsea - and focusing on trophy hunt over contract talks

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Mason Mount is happy at Chelsea - and focusing on trophy hunt over contract talks - AP
Mason Mount is happy at Chelsea - and focusing on trophy hunt over contract talks - AP

Chelsea and Mason Mount are yet to hold talks over a new contract for the midfielder, who is currently prioritising the club’s push for more trophies over his own future.

Academy graduate Mount has two-and-a-half years to run on his Chelsea contract and remains happy at Stamford Bridge.

There is an expectation that Chelsea, most likely towards the end of the season, will start talks over an extension to his deal but there is no rush or sense of panic from either the player or the club.

Mount enjoys a good relationship with head coach Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea directors, and, contrary to reports from overseas, is not unhappy with his standing or situation within the squad.

Rather than thinking about his future, England international Mount is working hard to get back to full fitness following injuries and illness so that he can consistently show his best form for Chelsea again. The 22-year-old made an appearance as a substitute in Tuesday night’s Champions League victory over Juventus.

Having won the Champions League last season, Mount is desperate to add more silverware to his collection with Chelsea currently top of the Premier League table and set to progress to the knockout stages of Europe’s biggest competition.

Chelsea have a number of more pressing contracts to work on than Mount’s, with defenders Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva all in the final year of their deals.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel is likely to recommend that Chelsea offer Azpilicueta and Silva one-year extensions, while talks have reopened over a new contract for Christensen.

Talks with Christensen and his representatives stalled, but Chelsea are understood to have expressed a willingness to negotiate over the length of the contract for the Danish international.

Rudiger’s future is far less certain, with German reports claiming the defender is unhappy with Chelsea’s contract offer that was worth around £140,000-a-week. Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the former Roma man, who has been reported to be demanding around £200,000-a-week.

One player whose contract Chelsea do not need to worry about is Reece James, who is committed to the club until at least 2025 with the club thought to have an option to extend the deal for a further 12 months.

James is likely to be rewarded for his incredible form with a pay rise and an offer of a further year, but there is no need to rush.

Reece James has scored five times for Chelsea this season - CHELSEA FC VIA GETTY IMAGES
Reece James has scored five times for Chelsea this season - CHELSEA FC VIA GETTY IMAGES

The right wing-back became the club’s outright leading scorer by netting against Juventus. He has already scored five goals this season and has been backed to maintain his prolific form and reach double figures by team-mate Christian Pulisic.

“Honestly, the way he is playing right now and the way he strikes the ball, I wouldn't be surprised,” said Pulisic. “What he can do on the field is pretty special. He's got so much ability, so many different ways to help the team. The sky's the limit for him.”

Asked if James is redefining the wing-back position with his goals, assists and ability to spend long periods of the game as a midfielder or even a forward, Pulisic added: “That's what great about our system – it allows him to attack a lot. He was really strong against Juventus and you could see how much he helped us in attack.”

Chelsea are top of the Premier League table and top of their Champions League group with Manchester United the next visitors at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Chelsea players know from experience how a managerial change can galvanise a squad and Pulisic expects United, who sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend, to provide a stern test.

“I think it'll be a tough game, regardless,” said Pulisic. “Obviously, they've been in a tough situation, but, regardless of who their coach is, we know what ability they have and what a strong team they are. It's going to be a tough match no matter what.”

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