March 2, 2024
Mason Mount says Erik ten Hag's Manchester United plans convinced him to leave his boyhood club, Chelsea.

Mason Mount says Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United plans convinced him to leave his boyhood club, Chelsea.

The 24-year-old midfielder is Ten Hag’s first signing of the summer in an initial £55 million transfer plus a possible £5 million add-on.

Mount signed a five-year contract with the option to extend it for an additional year.

“Having met the manager and discussed his plans, I couldn’t be more excited for the seasons to come,” England international Mount said.

“You can see that the club has made great strides under Erik ten Hag. I am extremely ambitious; I know how great it is to win big trophies, and I will give it my all. everything to have this experience again at Manchester United.”

Chelsea rejected United’s first three offers for Mount before a deal was signed. The London club spent £600 million last season and needs to sell to ease Financial Fair Play (FFP) concerns.

They don’t want to lose a player who joined them at the age of six, but they cannot negotiate a new contract that expires next year.

“It’s never easy to leave the club where you grew up, but Manchester United will present me with an exciting new challenge for the next phase of my career,” added Mount.

“After playing against them, I know how strong the team I’m on is, and I’m looking forward to being a part of this team’s drive to win big titles.”

Mount, who has scored 33 goals in 195 appearances for Chelsea since making his first-team debut in 2019, missed the final stretch of the domestic season through injury as the Blues finished 12th – a low record. their best for over 25 years.

The player will wear the number 7 shirt at Old Trafford, the number of Cristiano Ronaldo and before that of David Beckham.The number is suggested to Mount by Ten Hag during their talk, to show the player how much he is desired.

Ten Hag’s side are third in the Premier League and although the Dutchman has prioritized a new striker this summer, Mount’s ability to operate in the forward position will make him one Attractive option for the club.

Manchester United’s director of football John Murtough said: “Mason is an extremely intelligent footballer with many excellent technical qualities that will make a significant addition to our squad.

” We have admired his talent for a long time so we are delighted that he has chosen to take the next steps in his career at Old Trafford.

“His playing style and attributes are a perfect fit for this team, and we all think he will only improve working with Erik ten Hag and his coaching staff. that.”

Mount helped Chelsea win the 2021 Champions League, starting with the team’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the final. With the Blues, he also won the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

He played 36 times for England, scoring five goals, and was part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Mount came from the Chelsea academy before joining Vitesse on loan for the 2017-18 season, scoring nine goals in 29 Eredivisie appearances.

The following season, he was loaned to Derby County, scoring eight goals in 35 league games under manager Frank Lampard as the Rams lost 1-2 to Aston Villa in the play-off final.

On his return to Chelsea in 2019, Mount made his breakthrough under the new Lampard and became a key player at Stamford Bridge. / SOKY TV / Ghana

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