CHELSEA legend Emmanuel Petit wishes the Blues kept Man United star Mason Mount at the club.
After failing to agree a new contract with the club at the end of last season – the board made the decision to allow Mount to depart the club and move to Manchester United in a deal worth £60 million.
And now Petit labelled Mount’s contract issues at Stamford Bridge as ‘ridiculous’ and believes that his former club need more English players in the dressing room.
WHAT HAS BEEN SAID –
He told BettingSites.co.uk: “I was very frustrated by the fact that Mason Mount asked to leave Chelsea. We could feel his frustration for months last season.
“He was injured for a while and he didn’t play too many games towards the end. His contract issues had been really poorly managed by the club. I think he is suffering from last season right now and the fact that he signed for Manchester United means he is under huge pressure.
“He has been struggling in midfield and Casemiro, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Mount is not working at all at the moment. Maybe it will work in the future but at the moment it is not working at all.
“I was very upset because Mount came from the Chelsea academy. With all the money that Chelsea have spent in the last eighteen months, nearly a billion pounds, they are not able to give a proper respectful contract to one of their homegrown English players in the dressing room?
“It’s ridiculous. He was also loved by the fans but you cannot give him the same money as the players you have bought for a hundred million from the outside? I can’t understand this.
“I said it at the end of last season I wish CHELSEA did everything they could have done to keep Mason Mount because I think the story between him and the club was not finished and he was one of the leaders in the dressing room alongside Reece James and Ben Chilwell.
“Those three should have been just like how it was fifteen years ago with Frank Lampard and John Terry, English players representing the fans and the academy.
‘So I was very upset about that.”