Chelsea star Mason Mount drops massive transfer hint at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea caretaker manager Frank Lampard previews the Newcastle game

Chelsea star Mason Mount’s actions at full-time of the club’s final Premier League game of the season may have dropped a big indication over where his future lies next year. The England midfielder has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge with his contract expiring at the end of next season and the two parties are some way apart from agreeing on a new deal.

Mount could lead Mauricio Pochettino and Todd Boehly’s fire sale this summer after two windows of huge spending, as his actions at the end of the 1-1 draw with Newcastle may have suggested that is the case.

The 24-year-old was not fit enough to be named in the squad as the draw confirmed Chelsea’s lowest points tally since the 1987-88 season when they were relegated to the second tier, but was at the ground to cheer on his team-mates.

He was on the pitch and joined in with the squad’s lap of appreciation at the end of the game to thank the supporters for their support throughout a difficult season, but his emotion was noted by many in attendance.

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Mount came through the Chelsea academy and holds the club close to his heart, as he was spotted being visibly emotional as he went down the tunnel before Ben Chilwell put his arm around Mount.

It could suggest that Mount may opt for a transfer away at the end of the season, amid interest from Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. The Red Devils were said to be his favoured option, but no deal has been agreed between the two clubs.

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Speaking after Chelsea’s 4-1 midweek defeat to United, interim boss Frank Lampard admitted that Mount’s Chelsea career could well come to an end in the upcoming transfer window. “I think it is a difficult situation,” Lampard said.

“From working with Mason and other players when I was here before, they’ve either gone on to be really important players for the club that have a real relationship with the fans, back and forth, because they really feel the club when they’ve been in the academy since eight years of age. And some of them have moved on to other clubs and the club have done well out of that. They’ve gone on and you’ve wished them well in their careers

“I think with Mason particularly, as an individual, I don’t know what the solution is going to be because it’s a club and Mason issue. I don’t know exactly where Mason is at, personally. He’s got a year left on his contract. I know he’s held in high regard at the club and I know the club are doing what they can to make him stay.

“But I think also with Mason, I’d never want to stand here and talk in the modern day about what a player should do, because they’ll see it all with their own eyes. In the old days, it was, ‘Why are you leaving the club?’ In the modern day, players move on. It’s a shame we’ve got into a situation where it looks like it’s happening maybe now.”

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