Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted Mason Mount could leave Stamford Bridge for a new challenge in his career. The England international has been linked with a switch to Manchester United ahead of next season.
His contract at Stamford Bridge expires in June 2024 and the Blues risk losing him for nothing if they don’t cash in on him this summer or can agree terms on a new deal. He has been on the books of the London club for his whole career to date.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s clash against United at Old Trafford, Lampard told Sky Sports: “From working with Mason, and other players who have been here (with Chelsea) before, they have gone on to be really important players for the club who have had a good relationship with the fans because they really feel the club when you have been in the academy since the age of eight.
“Some others have gone on to other clubs and the club have done well out of that and you’ve wished them well in their careers.”
He added: “I think with Mason in 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 where Mason is at personally, I know he’s got a year left on his contract.
“I know he’s held in high regard by the club. I know the club are doing all they can to make him stay but I think also with Mason, I would never want to stand here and talk in the modern day about what a player should do. They will see it all with their own eyes, what is going on, how they see the pitch, what the future is for them.
“In the old days it would be ‘why are you leaving the club, you shouldn’t’ but in the modern day players move on. It’s a shame where we have got in this situation where it looks like it may be happening now.”
United will be looking to bolster their ranks in the next transfer window as they prepare for Erik ten Hag’s second year at the helm. Mount would provide them with more competition and depth in the middle of the park.
He has had loan spells in the past at Vitesse and Derby County to gain experience. The Portsmouth-born man has made 195 appearances for Chelsea and has scored 33 goals.