Academy graduate extends Chelsea stay until 2024
Chelsea have officially confirmed in the last few mintues that Mason Mount has signed a new five-year contract with the club, keeping him at the club until at least 2024.
In news that The Chelsea Echo has been aware of for the last few days, the academy graduate has committed his future to the club for another five years, before departing to Japan for the latest stage of the club’s 2019-20 pre-season campaign, where the Blues will face Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona.
“It’s a massively proud moment for myself and my family. I joined this club at six years old and it was always my goal to play for the first team one day.
I’m really looking forward to the coming season now and working hard to have an impact here at Chelsea. I’ve been at the club for a long time already and hopefully I’ll stay for a long time to come.”
– Mason Mount
Mount joined the club back in 2005 at just six-years-old and has worked his way through the academy, collecting two FA Youth Cups and a UEFA Youth League title in the process.
Mount then headed out to the Netherlands, joining Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem on loan, his first season as a professional footballer. 32 appearances, 14 goals and 9 assists later, Mount was named as Vitesse’s Player of the Year, helping the club reach the UEFA Europa League.
After Vitesse, Mount once again went out on loan, this time at Derby County, who were managed by a certain Frank Lampard. Along with fellow academy graduate and teammate Fikayo Tomori, Mount made 44 appearances in all competitions for Derby and scored 11 goals, as the Championship narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League, losing to Aston Villa in the EFL Championship Play-off Final.
Mount’s displays for the Rams also saw him earn his first call-up to the senior England squad in October 2018, for the UEFA Nations League fixtures against Spain and Croatia.
Upon his return to Chelsea, he will now be apart of this season’s first-team squad, hoping to make a similar impact for his boyhood club. Something that Club director Marina Granovskaia believes he will absolutely do so:
“Mason has come right the way through the Chelsea Academy and has always stood out as a fantastic talent and dedicated individual. We have monitored his development extremely closely while he has been out on loan and believe he is now ready to be a member of our squad competing at the top of the Premier League.
‘Like another of our Academy graduates, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, we are delighted Mason has committed himself to the club this summer and look forward to an exciting future ahead.”
– Club Director Marina Granovskaia
Mason Mount now follows Ruben Loftus-Cheek in another academy graduate and young English player committing their long-term future to the club.
After his good performance in the 4-0 friendly win over St. Patrick’s Athletic this past weekend – including a smartly finished goal too – everything appears to be on the up for Mason.
After two productive seasons on loan away from the club, Mount returns to SW6 to help kick off the ‘Homegrown Era’.
Reece James, Tammy Abraham and a certain Callum Hudson-Odoi – two contracts down, three to go? We shall see…