‘A difficult situation’ – Lampard discusses Mason Mount future amid Chelsea exit links

Frank Lampard has suggested that Mason Mount will leave Chelsea this summer and has called the midfielder’s contract dispute a ‘difficult situation’.

Mount has failed to agree terms on a new deal at Chelsea and will enter the final 12 months of his contract at the end of the season.


Several Premier League clubs are monitoring his situation with Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle all linked, while Manchester United have emerged as frontrunners to sign the England international.

Speaking after Chelsea’s 4-1 defeat at Manchester United, Lampard discussed Mount’s situation and said ‘it’s a shame’ that an exit ‘looks like it’s happening’ this summer.

“I think it is a difficult situation,” he told Sky Sports.

“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.”

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