“This looks really unlikely now” – Romano shares potential early blow for Pochettino at Chelsea

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“This looks really unlikely now” – Romano shares potential early blow for Pochettino at Chelsea

According to Fabrizio Romano, there might already be challenges for Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea as he apparently wishes to retain Mason Mount, who appears likely to leave the club.

Mason Mount, the English footballer, has just one year left on his contract with Chelsea, and negotiations for an extension have hit a snag, indicating a lack of progress. Several top clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool, have expressed interest in the 24-year-old midfielder, suggesting a possible departure this summer.

However, it seems that incoming Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has a different vision for the team and wants to prioritize an English core, with Mount being a key part of his plans.

Nevertheless, Pochettino might already be facing a dilemma if the club decides to sell Mount despite his desire to keep him. Fabrizio Romano, speaking on The House Of Champions Podcast, emphasized this challenge for the Argentine manager as he prepares to return to London.

“These contract extension talks between Mason Mount and Chelsea are really complicated,” he stated.

“This looks really unlikely now, they’ve been trying for months and months but no agreement at the moment. Of course, Chelsea will try until the end because Mauricio Pochettino is also a big fan. It’s about the board, but it’s also about the new manager.

“Pochettino really appreciates Mason Mount, he would love to keep Mason Mount, But when this kind of player is out of contract next summer, 24, and he’s not extending the contract, you have to make a decision, and you can’t lose him for free. So this is why Chelsea are prepared to let him go.”

Due to Chelsea’s disastrous season, which led to a lowly position in the bottom half of the table and the absence of European football for the upcoming season, Mason Mount might actually benefit from leaving the club, even if it means joining a rival team.

Mount has encountered a challenging season, managing to score only three goals and provide two assists in 24 league matches. Additionally, he has been sidelined due to injury for the past few months.

The signing of Enzo Fernandez in January and the rumored interest in Sporting CP midfielder Manuel Ugarte suggest that Chelsea may be willing to move on without Mason Mount in their midfield. In such a scenario, a new beginning for Mount this summer could be the most favorable outcome for him.

A transfer would benefit Chelsea financially, as they could secure a significant transfer fee for Mount instead of losing him on a free transfer next season. Meanwhile, Mount himself may have the opportunity to join a club that competes in European competitions.

Given the reports that Manchester United is his preferred destination, it appears that Mount desires a move to a club participating in the Champions League this summer.

“This looks really unlikely now” – Romano shares potential early blow for Pochettino at Chelsea

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