Florent Malouda sends Chelsea star Mason Mount a message amid summer exit links
Todd Boehly’s strict contract policies mean that Chelsea star Mason Mount could be among those who could leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. The 24-year-old’s contract at the club expires in 2024 and there have been no discussions over a potential extension for the player.
Arsenal and Liverpool see themselves extensively linked with a move for the player, and it goes as far as the Merseysiders’ terming Mount their primary transfer target for the summer. With an overall poor season for the Blues this season, individual statistics of Mount do not come into the picture at all, but in 35 appearances across all competitions this season, he has three goals and six assists to his name.
Malouda, who himself had a certainly successful spell at Chelsea, understands the allure of joining big clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool. However, he emphasizes the importance of continuity in a player’s development. According to Malouda, staying at Chelsea would obviously provide Mount with the opportunity to continue his growth within a familiar environment.
He suggests that Mason Mount could play a pivotal role in the club’s future success and advises him to consider the long-term benefits of remaining at Stamford Bridge. And with a new manager in Mauricio Pochettino on the way to the club, Mount could rediscover himself as an attacking midfielder.
What next for Mount?
“As a Chelsea fan, I want Mount to stay at the club, but we also have to be realistic about the market and I want both parties to get what they want. Mason Mount is still a young player that can be developed, who is yet to reach his full potential in football.”
“Even though he has already been successful, I think he can improve and I hope he does that at Chelsea, where he belongs.”
Obviously, losing a well-established midfielder at the club who rose from the academy to any of the rival clubs is certainly disheartening. The supporters have shown unwavering support for the young midfielder throughout his journey at the club. Remaining at Chelsea would certainly allow Mount to continue building a stronger connection with the fans, who have embraced him as one of their own.
Malouda concludes his plea by urging Mount to carefully consider the potential consequences of leaving Chelsea. While a move to Arsenal or Liverpool might seem enticing, he believes that the grass is not always greener on the other side as we have seen with Fernando Torres, who himself moved to Chelsea from Liverpool and was arguably not at the same individual level as he showed at Merseyside even though he won much more silverware.
In a time where player loyalty is certainly overshadowed by financial gain, Florent Malouda’s words serve as a reminder of the importance of staying true to one’s roots.
Whether Mount decides to heed his advice remains to be seen, but the former Chelsea star’s plea is undoubtedly heartfelt as a former Blue, driven by a genuine desire to see the talented midfielder flourish in the blue of Chelsea for years to come.
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While it is easy to understand why Mount would want a move on, because of ownership issues and delays over contract negotiation, it is important for him to understand that the fans truly value him at the club, and he could prove to be a delight for any manager.