Mason Mount admits he has endured the toughest season of his career to date amid concerns over his form and fitness.
The 24-year-old was a key component of Chelsea sides under the management of both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel but hasn’t featured as prominently under Graham Potter since his appointment in September.
Aside from his struggles to find form and consistency, Mount is currently embroiled in a stand-off over an extension to his current contract which is due to enter its final year come the summer.
While Potter has publicly stated his desire for Mount to remain and commit his long-term future to Todd Boehly’s ambitious rebuilding project, the England international has looked on enviously at the sort of deals that have been offered to fellow academy graduate Reece James and a host of new signings.
Liverpool are understood to be monitoring Mount’s situation carefully and the gifted midfielder is sure to have other high-profile European suitors, too.
Mount’s priority is to stay, fight for his place and agree a new deal but for now he is focused on seeing out the season with Chelsea and learning from the struggles he has encountered over the last nine months.
He told matchesfashion.com: ‘It’s been tough and I think you learn a lot from a season like this and you can grow a lot. Maybe I’m not going to achieve the goals I set at the beginning of this year.
‘You look at it like: Why did that happen? How can I affect that for next year? How can I do better? We’ve still got some more to go and hopefully another competition to try and win.’
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, meanwhile, has added his name to the growing list of former Blues players who insist it is imperative that a resolution be found with Mount.
He told Sky Sports on Wednesday: ‘He’s almost unsellable.
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