Graham Potter admits that any new Chelsea signing for Mason Mount has to be the right one for a player who has been linked with a departure after falling out of favor at Stamford Bridge.
Mount’s current contract with the Blues expires at the end of next season and with new terms yet to be agreed, the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle United are showing interest in the midfielder.
The 24-year-old has missed Chelsea’s last two games – victories over Leeds United and Borussia Dortmund – due to injury, although he has only started one of four previous matches in all competitions.
Potter laid out his desire for a speedy resolution of Mount’s talks with the club last month, but with no visible progress made, he admits the England international may have to take his time.
“Ultimately, it’s between the club and Mason,” Potter said Friday. “I spoke to him many times about his situation, football and life in general.
“My feelings for Mason are clear. Firstly, he is a fantastic person, but sometimes it happens.
“They’re just complicated and it’s better if I talk about it a bit and let them get on with it and decide what’s right for both sides.
“I am not naive. I know that this is an important time for him and an important contract. These things should be right for him and his family. It is important that he decides on that basis.”
Mount has made 32 appearances for Chelsea this season, 26 of them as a starter, and his six-goal record is better than Raheem Sterling (10) and Kai Havertz (eight) in a disappointing campaign for the Blues.
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