Mason Mount has said goodbye to Chelsea fans having sealed his move to Manchester United.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder had been a Chelsea player since he was six, rising through the academy to the first team where he has since become an England international.
But he has ended his long association with the club to join Premier League rivals Man United in a £55m move.
United have yet to officially confirm the deal but an announcement is imminent, with Mount having been at Carrington this week to finalise terms.
Mount said: “Hi Chelsea fans. Given the speculation over the last six months, this may not come as a surprise to you but it doesn’t make it any easier to tell you that I’ve made the decision to leave Chelsea.”
“I feel you deserve more than just a written statement so I wanted to tell you directly how grateful I’ve been for all of your support over the last 18 years.”
“I know some of you won’t be happy with my decision but it’s what’s right for me in this moment in my career.”
“I joined Chelsea when I was six years old and we’ve been through a lot together winning the Youth Cup, my Player of the Year awards, the Super Cup, the Club World Cup and of course that unforgettable night when we won the Champions League.”
“I want to say thank you to the academy, Jim Fraser and Neil Bath, for being so influential to me from such a young age, the managers I’ve worked under, Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, the backroom staff, the unsung heroes of Cobham, all of my teammates over the years that have become my brothers, my family for the continuous love and support and most importantly you guys for sticking with me throughout.”
“Wish you all the best.”
Mount was at Man United’s training ground on Monday to complete his medical and has already been getting to his know his new teammates.
Mount, who has scored 27 Premier League goals in 129 games, could now play his first game for Erik ten Hag’s side in Oslo in a pre-season friendly against Leeds.
United had seen three bids knocked back by Chelsea for Mount, whose contract was due to expire next summer.
But the two clubs finally came to an agreement on the fee with Mount making it clear he wanted to go despite the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino as Chelsea’s new manager.
United have paid an initial £55m plus a potential further £5m in add-ons.
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