Chelsea and Mason Mount are still someway off coming to a conclusion over the player’s contract.

Speaking on the Blues Brothers YouTube channel, Ben Jacobs explained that there remains a difference between Mount’s demands and what the club are willing to offer.

The 24-year-old’s deal expires next summer and there continues to be plenty of talk about when, or if, he will extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.

Conversations with the board about tying down the academy graduate for the future have reportedly halted whilst the madness of the January transfer window ensues.

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Mason Mount must make a decision on his Chelsea future

Once the dust settles and all the signings are made, then Chelsea will restart discussions with the England international.

They hope his life-long connection to Cobham will make negotiations easier to organise, even though not much progress has been made recently.   

“The preference for Mount is to renew, but the terms have to be right. The Liverpool interest is genuine, for the summer, not for now,” explained Jacobs.  

“Because of that, Chelsea can relax a little towards the close of the window, because Mount is going anywhere in the next eight days. They will pick it up in February when they’ve got a little bit more time and things have calmed down.

“The expectation is the direction of travel is the renewal, but we have to say based on the talks so far, the terms that Mounts want and the terms Chelsea have offered are relatively far apart.

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“The confidence Chelsea has is that Mason Mount remains in love with Chelsea.”

It would be harder for Mount than most in South West London to reject a freshly scribed contract.

He is blue through and through, having been at Chelsea since he was six-years old.

But even the most loyal can have their heads turned, whether by choice or from external influences.

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