Chelsea will reportedly wait until after January to restart contract conversations with Mason Mount.
According to the Evening Standard, the Stamford Bridge chain of command have halted talks over a new deal for the academy graduate, with the focus instead on signing or selling players.
Graham Potter’s squad is extremely bloated and certainly requires some trimming.
He currently has 33 registered members in the first team to keep happy, thanks to 13 new arrivals this season.
A host of them were recruited under Potter’s predecessor Thomas Tuchel, but a fresh load have landed at his doorstep in recent months.
The senior ranks at Cobham therefore need some reconstruction, especially as Chelsea are apparently keen to add even more faces to the camp.
Conor Gallagher and Fofana have both been tipped to depart on loan, whilst bit-part players Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic could easily be sacrificed.
This emphasis on the transfer market has taken away the attention of renewing deals within the current pack.
What is happening with Mason Mount’s Chelsea contract?
Extending the stays of people like Mount have been put on the back burner.
Which, whilst understandable, might be a concern to some Chelsea fans.
Announcing new stars is great, but losing one of their own would not go down well.
Mount is one of many whose contract expires next summer.
Chelsea are apparently confident the 24-year-old will agree to a lucrative deal, although nothing has been set in stone just yet.
Others who are out of contract in 2024 are Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Cesar Azpilicueta and Mateo Kovacic.
Out of the quintet, Loftus-Cheek and Kovacic are probably the most likely to pledge further allegiance to the Blues.