Frank Lampard admits uncertainty over Mason Mount's future at Chelsea

‘I don’t know what the solution is going to be’: Frank Lampard raises alarm bells over Mason Mount’s future at Chelsea after labelling stand-off ‘difficult’, as Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal all eye up £55m move

  • Manchester United have made Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount a priority target 
  • With Mount’s future uncertain, a number of other Premier League clubs are keen 
  • Frank Lampard has admitted he is unsure whether Mount will stay or move on 

Frank Lampard has admitted Mason Mount is facing a ‘difficult’ decision over his future at Chelsea, with uncertainty lingering over a potential move to a Premier League rival after Manchester United made him a priority summer target.

Midfielder Mount is set to enter the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge and, despite becoming a firm favourite after rising through the ranks at the club he joined aged just six, appears increasingly likely to leave at the end of the season. 

Mount’s camp and figures at Chelsea have been in talks for much of the campaign over a new deal and an agreement is yet to be reached. As a result, the England international is now expected to exit with United, Arsenal and Liverpool interested.

But Lampard, who handed Mount his first-team debut during his first spell as Blues manager in 2019, has refused to give advice to his player and instead admitted the current impasse may see the talented 24-year-old opt for a switch away.

‘I think it is a difficult situation,’ he told Sky Sports.

Frank Lampard has admitted he is uncertain over whether Mason Mount will stay at Chelsea

Interim Blues boss Lampard insisted the club are ‘doing what they can’ to convince him to stay

‘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 relation 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.’ 

Mount has endured a difficult campaign but is wanted by a number of Premier League sides

Mail Sport revealed Manchester United are also interested in West Ham captain Declan Rice

If no extension is agreed, Mount will be able to begin negotiating with other clubs from the start of next year. Chelsea, however, may look to sell him this summer to avoid the possibility of losing one of their prized assets for free. 

As reported by Mail Sport yesterday, United are set to launch a £55million move for Mount, who is a key target for boss Erik ten Hag ahead of next campaign.

Old Trafford sources have indicated that talks are poised to commence, although United want to pay a fee £30m below Chelsea’s hefty £85m valuation. 

United are also interested in West Ham midfielder Declan Rice. It is thought a fee of around £100m would be enough to tempt his club into offloading him. 

Arsenal, though, are believed to be the most advanced in their pursuit.

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