Chelsea have made a breakthrough in Mason Mount’s new contract proposal, according to The Atheltic.
Mount is closing in on the remaining 18 months of his £76k-per-week contract that he signed after his breakout loan campaign at Derby County under Frank Lampard.
The 32-time England international immediately earned his place in Chelsea’s first team becoming a key player during the 2019/20 season where he played 53 times in all competitions, he’s since gone on to make 181 appearances for the Blues.
Therefore it’s no surprise talks for a bumper new contract have reportedly been underway since the summer with these discussions reaching a stalemate only last week, but The Athletic now claim there’s been a ‘positive breakthrough’.
Our thoughts on The Athletic’s comments…
A new deal has been overdue for some time for the 23-year-old with him one of the lowest paid players in the Blues’ first team, despite making 21 appearances this season, he currently earns less than 18-year-old Carney Chukwuemeka who is on a reported £100k-per-week and only played 43 minutes of Premier League action.
It’s an important step for Chelsea who need to secure the long-term future of the already established youth academy graduate with both Liverpool and Manchester City previously reported by The Sun to be keeping a close eye on developments.
Those fears have seemingly now been allayed as the West Londoners close in on extending their star’s contract who’s played 1038 minutes of league football already this season, the second-highest in the squad, and the recipient of the two previous Chelsea men’s team Player of the Season awards, after producing 21 goal contributions in the league last season as the Blues secured a top-four finish.
The new terms will surely see him at least double his wages with fellow youth graduate Ruben Loftus-Cheek currently taking home £150k-per-week, Mount is definitely worth more than that to Graham Potter.