Chelsea star Mason Mount is unhappy at the arrival of Kai Havertz, according to reports. The Blues recently signed the Germany international from Bayer Leverkusen in a huge £72million deal. And Mount’s place in the team is now under serious threat.
Chelsea have enjoyed a sensational transfer window this year, with Frank Lampard banned from making signings 12 months ago.
The Blues acted with speed to bring in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, who joined from Ajax and RB Leipzig respectively.
And, in the time since, Chelsea have made further signings with Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Havertz all moving to Stamford Bridge.
Now, however, Bild allege that Mount is unhappy at the arrival of Havertz.
Unlike Silva, he’s yet to send a welcome message on his Twitter account.
Mount is likely to be the fall guy at Chelsea following Havertz’s arrival.
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While the former Leverkusen star is capable of playing on the wing and in a ‘False Nine’ role, he’s at his blockbuster best when deployed in an attacking midfield position.
Havertz scored 12 goals and registered six assists for Leverkusen last season, establishing himself as one of the best young talents in world football in the process.
Mount, meanwhile, found the net seven times and clocked up six assists from 37 league matches – while also scoring once in the FA Cup.
He’s hoping to further cement himself as a Chelsea starter this season, especially with Euro 2020 on the horizon at the end of the campaign.
But Mount may now struggle for minutes and will have to up the ante if he’s to keep his role in Frank Lampard’s starting XI for the foreseeable future.
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Bild’s report is at odds with Mount’s positive attitude over competition for places.
Speaking earlier this year, he said: “For me, it’s about having that same attitude I have had since I was six and making sure I never lose it.
“You just have to fight. You know Chelsea can always buy £60 million or £70m or £80m players that are world-class. They want to come here and take my place.
“Just because I am an academy boy and young, that doesn’t mean anything. But the mentality I have means I won’t be pushed over easily.
“I will fight for my position and keep working hard. At a club as big as Chelsea you have to have that mentality. It always stuck with me. It’s why I am here in the first place.”
Meanwhile, ESPN pundit Craig Burley thinks Chelsea are still defensively weak despite signing two defenders so far.
The Blues are understood to be looking for a new No 1 to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has struggled for consistency ever since his arrival from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
And Burley said: “Chelsea had one of their worst seasons defensively last year, they lost a heck of a lot of goals.
“So Lampard knows that, yes, ‘how do I fit in [Callum] Hudson-Odoi and [Christian] Pulisic and [Timo] Werner and Havertz and [Mason] Mount and all these players?’
“But [also] ‘how do I make sure my backline – and dodgy goalkeeper in Kepa – how do I make sure I solidify that? Which was a big problem for us last year’. Lost a heck of a lot of goals and you can’t negate the defensive aspects of the game because you don’t win titles.
“You look at Liverpool, what did they do? Super, attacking team, went out and bought Virgil van Dijk and Alisson, went and spent big on two big players. What are Man City doing this year? Going to look to spend big on a centre-half, at least one, and went out and bought Ederson before that.
“So Lampard’s not stupid, he knows he’s going to have to sure up the defensive aspects of his game, and that is going to be one of the interesting keys, to see how he fits all these super attacking players with the balance in that midfield as well.
“Chelsea are going to be great to watch but I just don’t know which way – going forward or going back the other way.”
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