Football.London have just published a story which makes some interesting claims about the causes behind the breakdown in talks over a new contract for Mason Mount.
They say that a verbal agreement was made “eye to eye” between Mount and Chelsea owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, shortly before the World Cup.
However the appointment of Paul Winstanley and Lawrence Stewart changed the dynamics of the deal, and Mount returned from Qatar to find out that that deal was no longer on the table:
“Chelsea and Mount finally looked as if they had compromised somewhat to extend the 24-year-old’s stay at the club. The Blues were eager themselves once such a compromise was made with the player and his representatives.
“Once the World Cup was over, with England going out at the quarter-final stage to France, meetings then started taking place again. But with a new-look transfer team, with the likes of Paul Winstanley, Joe Shields and Christopher Vivell in place, there was a slightly different structure to how the club were operating behind the scenes, with Boehly and Eghbali taking somewhat of a step back from the day-to-day stuff.”
This is an interesting inversion of what we are hearing elsewhere, where Boehly and the other owners are largely taking the blame for the failure to agree a new deal.
There’s still plenty of reasons that they are responsible, even if it’s the sporting directors who are now delivering the bad news. Had the club not spent so hugely and so irresponsibly, there would be far more wriggle room for Stewart and Winstanley to agree a deal with Mount.
Perhaps this is all another secret brief from the owners to take the heat off them before Mount’s departure actually takes place?