Mason Mount contract talks reach stalemate with 18 months left on Chelsea deal

Mason Mount is set to enter the last 18 months of his Chelsea deal without agreeing new terms after stalemate in contract talks over extending his time at Stamford Bridge.

The England midfielder, 23, has been in discussions since the summer over fresh terms at the club he has spent his entire career, although there has yet to be a breakthrough.

It is understood to be work to be done to get closer to an agreement, with Chelsea keen on one of their key players committing their future to the club and hopeful he will eventually follow his international team-mate Reece James in signing.  

Mount has started every Premier League game under new manager Graham Potter, who has seen him as an important part of the team he is building since his appointment in September.

While Chelsea have struggled to climb towards the Champions League places, losing again at Newcastle on Saturday, Mount has shown some of his best form recently and is also in the frame for a starting role at the World Cup this month.  

His deal runs out at the end of next season and more discussions are expected in the coming months. Chelsea have looked at contingency plans as Mount heads into the final part of the five-year deal he agreed in 2019 when he returned from a loan at Derby County and started in the first-team at Stamford Bridge.  

Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini and Villarreal’s Yéremy Pino are two that have been looked at as options, even though they hope Mount commits. Those two were assessed during Chelsea’s exhaustive squad revamp over the summer.

Chelsea’s rebuild is expected to continue in Potter’s first transfer windows as manager, following the six first-team players arriving in the summer under new owners at the club, although Mount has been seen as part of the future. 

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