Mason Mount is reportedly refusing to enter into conversations over a fresh deal until Chelsea are in a strong position to claim silverware.
According to the Telegraph, the midfielder is prioritising the club’s surge for trophies rather than his own future.
Mount still has over two years remaining on his current contract, so there is no real rush to start negotiating new terms.
Instead, the England international wants to help Chelsea on their quest for domestic and continental domination.
Currently Premier League leaders and certified members of the Champions League knock-out stage, that mission is well underway.
For the 22-year-old, regaining fitness, form and pushing for more titles is the only goal at the minute.
He has been in and out of the side recently due to fitness and illness.
Dental surgery prevented him from playing in the recent international break.
During last night’s 4-0 European win over Juventus, Mount came on for the final 14 minutes.
Thomas Tuchel admitted pre-match that decision to drop the 22-year-old was only tactical but did reference the work done on his tooth.
Now, the focus will be on reclaiming a starting role (and keeping those gnashers nice and clean).
Not to mention reproducing the performances that had Andy Townsend calling him ‘tremendous’.
Chelsea contract concerns
Only if – or when – the Blues collect a winner’s medal will their academy graduate consider extending his Stamford Bridge stay.
This is what the Telegraph claim, who suggest ‘there is an expectation’ that Chelsea will begin talks over a renewed agreement towards the end of the campaign.
Presently, the more pressing matters revolve around Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva.
Each defender is out of contract in June, with foreign clubs able to speak with them over a transfer exchange after the New Year.
Discussions with the representatives of Rudiger and Christensen are not quite going to plan, yet there is more optimism around Azpilicueta and Silva’s situations.