Graham Potter says talks to extend Mason Mount’s contract at Chelsea have become ‘complicated’ in recent days.
The attacking midfielder is stalling on a new deal with the Blues as interest in him from other clubs continues to grow.
The 24-year-old midfielder’s current contract at the club expires in 2024, and he hasn’t heard anything about a new offer.
Prolonged talks have forced interest from teams like Liverpool, Newcastle, and Manchester United who avidly await a potential summer transfer for the player.
Potter acknowledged he would really like for Mount to continue at the club, but he is adamant that it is best to let the two parties negotiate a contract.
“Ultimately it is between the club and Mason,” he said in his press conference ahead of the weekend’s game.
“I have spoken to him numerous times about his situation, football and life generally. My feelings for Mason are clear. He is a fantastic person firstly but sometimes these things happen. They are just complicated and it is best that I speak little about it, let them get on with it in deciding what is right for both parties.
“I am not naive. I know it is an important time for him and an important contract. These things have to be right for him and his family. It’s important he makes a decision on that basis.”
Mount has struggled this season, contributing to just eight goals in 32 games across all competitions.