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Mason Mount has missed out on about £10million in lost earnings as a result of his decision to play hard-ball with Chelsea over a new contract.
The England midfielder remains in deadlock with the club over the terms of a new contract and could be sold when he enters the final 12 months of his deal at the end of the season, with Manchester United the latest club to join Liverpool and Newcastle in monitoring the situation closely.
Chelsea’s latest offer of about £170,000 a week is very similar the £100,000 weekly pay-rise Mount was offered by the Roman Abramovich regime two years ago.
Had Mount signed that deal he would have been in a position to negotiate a renewal on increased terms this summer.
Wherever he ends up, the 24-year-old is unlikely to recoup the earnings he has missed out on over the last two years.
Mason Mount's decision to play hard-ball over a new Chelsea deal has cost him a huge amount
Mount was previously offered a £100,000-per-week deal by previous owner Roman Abramovich two years ago
PFA AWARDS VOTE LENGTHENED
Voting for the PFA Player of the Year award will be based on performances over the whole campaign for the first time this season, with the players’ union opting to keep the polls open until the end of July.
The PFA have been widely criticised in the past for stopping voting at the start of April before the season has reached its climax, but the ballot will stay open for much of the summer this year as the awards ceremony has been pushed back to August 29.
Mo Salah and Sam Kerr won the main awards last season, and the later date will allow the Chelsea striker to attend after playing in the Women’s World Cup for Australia.
LIVERPOOL PAIR PILE INTO PADEL
Jordan Henderson and James Milner are investing in a leisure club in Cheshire devoted to padel, the fast-growing racket sport best described as a hybrid of tennis and squash.