During his loan spells at Vitesse and Derby County in the last two seasons, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount had proven to be one of the best prospects to emerge from the Academy. Signing him to a long-term contract became one of the priorities this summer.
Today, that mission was accomplished, with Chelsea confirming that he put pen to paper on a new five-year contract! YES!!
The perfect start to our week!— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 15, 2019
Congratulations, @MasonMount_10! ✍️
“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; source: Chelsea FC
Mount arrived at Chelsea in 2005, choosing our youth setup over Portsmouth’s and Southampton’s. Once he graduated to the U18 squad, he went on to collect two FA Youth Cups and a UEFA Youth League title before heading out to the Netherlands to join Vitesse in his first season as a professional.
Mount was a major part of Vitesse’s successful playoff bid for an Europa League spot, after finishing sixth in the league. He was picked as Vitesse’s Player of the Year, finishing his season with 14 goals and 9 assists across 32 league games, including a hat-trick in the playoff semifinals against ADO Den Haag.
The next opportunity for him would be in the Championship with Derby County, where he joined forces with his Academy teammate Fikayo Tomori and future Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to nearly get them over the line for promotion Premier League. They fell only at the last hurdle, in the 2-1 playoff final loss to Aston Villa.
With those experiences under his belt, there is plenty of hope that Mount will be part of our first-team plans. The new contract is certainly a good sign in that regard.
Congratulations, Mason! Here’s to many many more successful years as a Blue!
Once a Blue, Always a Blue! pic.twitter.com/krfdzCicG5— Mason Mount (@masonmount_10) July 15, 2019