Chelsea stance on Mason Mount transfer emerges during Champions League final

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Chelsea turned down offers from clubs wanting to buy or loan Mason Mount last summer because they believe he is ‘untouchable’, according to reports. The midfielder was almost ever-present in the Premier League this season, playing 36 times under Frank Lampard and then Thomas Tuchel.

Mount made 53 appearances for Chelsea in 2019-20 having spent the previous season impressing on loan at Championship side Derby County.

But there were some suggestions that the lifting of the Blues’ transfer ban last year that the academy graduate might relinquish his regular role in the starting 11 once bigger signings were made.

He had also earned a place in Gareth Southgate’s England senior squad. Mount made his Three Lions debut against Bulgaria in September 2019 and has since appeared a further 15 times.

However, despite big-money signings such as Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz, Mount remained a key player for Chelsea this season.

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However, despite big-money signings such as Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz, Mount remained a key player for Chelsea this season.

The 22-year-old has played 54 times this season, including in the Champions League final.

Mount assisted Havertz’s opening goal against Manchester City, becoming the first Englishman to assist a goal in a Champions League final since Manchester United’s Wes Brown crossed for Cristiano Ronaldo to score in 2008.

Mount also seems set to start for England at the Euros this summer.

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And it has emerged that Chelsea turned down offers for Mount last summer because they deem him untouchable, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Former Blues boss Lampard was often accused of giving Mount preferential treatment but the youngster has proved his worth under Tuchel.

Former England midfielder Lampard handed Mount the captaincy for his final game, a 3-0 FA Cup win over Luton Town on January 25. He was replaced by Tuchel a day later.

And the 42-year-old believes his protege will captain the Blues in the future.

“I definitely made him captain that day [against Luton] because I’ve seen his leadership qualities develop, particularly this season,” Lampard said in an interview with the Telegraph earlier this month.

“His form was developing this season, he’s Chelsea Player of the Year and rightly so because his individual performances have been immense particularly for someone of his age.

“But I saw his leadership skills in his personality developing this season and I’ve always seen it in Mason because there’s a sternness about Mason, there’s a toughness about him.

“He’s a great lad, not always the most vocal but this year he’s starting to be a bit more vocal and he started just to ooze those qualities.

“So I made him captain for that and I saw him as a future Chelsea captain. That’s obviously other people’s decisions now.”
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