‘You don’t offload your best players’: Paul Merson’s ‘bad business’ attitude towards Mason Mount after contract talks with the midfielder faltered, as he warns his sale could turn rivals like Liverpool into a ‘title-fighting side’
Paul Merson has urged Chelsea to “give Mason Mount what he’s asking” amid stalled contract renewal talks.
The England midfielder has 12 months left on his current deal at the club and recently hinted he might be looking to leave the club through the appointment of a new agent.
He has been at the club since he was six years old and made 192 first-team appearances, but is now haunted by Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool as his time at Stamford Bridge appears to be drawing to a close.
Merson felt that Todd Boyle should do more to keep the 24-year-old, and described the club’s current situation as “bad business”.
Mason Mount was Chelsea’s player of the year last season. said the former Arsenal man His own Sky Sports column.
Mason Mount’s contract talks with Chelsea have made little progress in recent weeks
“It’s different when you come through the ranks at a football club because you don’t cost anything. When you’re bought for a lot of money, you’re seen as more of an asset.
The midfielder has been named Blues’ Player of the Season in each of the last two seasons and has scored 13 goals in all competitions in 2021/2.
Merson went on to say that losing Mount is likely to toughen a rival, adding: ‘You don’t empty out your best players. There are a lot of players who need to get out of Chelsea’s squad before Mount.
The child can play. It’s a bad job by Chelsea – they should give him what he’s asking for.
If Liverpool goes and brings Mount and then Judd Bellingham, who can also go to Liverpool, you have a title contender.
Paul Merson has urged Chelsea to do more to keep the 24-year-old midfielder at Stamford Bridge.
And the critic warned that Mount could strengthen a competitor like Liverpool if he left the club
“Why would you want to take a chance if you were Chelsea?” Why make them stronger?
Mount struggled this season in a difficult season for Graham Potter’s side, scoring just three goals as the Blues slipped to 10th in the league.
They have enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent weeks after qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals and winning back-to-back league wins, but suffered a disappointing 2-2 draw with Everton in their final game before the international break.
Chelsea will be next up when they take on Aston Villa on April 1.
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