Mason Mount has bid Chelsea fans farewell as he prepares to join Manchester United.
‘Hi Chelsea supporters, considering the rumours over the last six months, this may not come as a surprise to you,’ Mount said on Instagram. But that doesn’t make it any easier for me to inform you that I’ve decided to leave Chelsea.
‘I feel you deserve more than just a written statement so I wanted to tell you directly how grateful I’ve been for all of your support over the last 18 years.
‘I know some of you won’t be happy with my decision but it’s what’s right for me at this moment in my career.
‘I joined Chelsea when I was six years old and we’ve been through a lot together, winning the Youth Cup, my player of the year awards, the Super Cup, the Club World Cup, and of course that unforgettable night when we won the Champions League.
‘I want to say thank you to the academy Jim and Neil for being so influential from such a young age. The managers I’ve worked under, Frank, Thomas and Graham. The backroom staff, the unsung heroes of Cobham, all of my team-mates over the years that have become my brothers, my family for the continuous love and support and most importantly you guys for sticking with me throughout. Wish you all the best’.
Mount featured 195 times for Chelsea, scoring 33 goals and recording 37 assists. After earning his stripes in the academy, the midfielder proceeded to play a major role in one of the most successful periods in the the club’s history.
“I think with Mason particularly as an individual, I don’t know what the solution is going to be because it’s the club and Mason’s issue. I don’t know where exactly Mason is at personally, he’s got a year left on his contract.
“I know he’s held in high regard at the club and I know the club are trying to do what they can to make him stay, but I also think that Mason, I’d never want to stand here in the modern day and talk about what a player should do because they’ll see it all from their own eyes.
“I think in the old days it would be why are you leaving the club? In the modern day it’s you should move on, and we’ve got into this situation that is happening now.”