After completing his medicals and signing a five-year contract with Manchester United on Wednesday, Mount has revealed that his decision to leave Chelsea was prompted by a delay in contract negotiations.
He believed that the club was prepared to move forward without him which ultimately led him to join the Red Devils.
Speaking to MUTV, the midfielder was quoted saying; “Several months ago I think it became clear that I wasn’t in Chelsea’s plans moving forward and once I knew that United were involved, my decision was made.”
“It’s a massive club, huge, iconic players have played here, and I wanted to be a part of that from the beginning. Getting in early, ready for pre-season to start, was a main objective of mine as well.”
“I’ve always seen myself as a midfielder, a number eight that can obviously get forward and attack, try to score goals, create goals, but also be able to do the other side as well and defend and help the team when we’re under pressure,” he said.
Having spent 18 years at Chelsea and contributing to their Champions League victory in 2021, Mount experienced a decline in form last season amid a turbulent period for the Blues.
The midfielder will now wear the iconic number seven (7) shirt at Manchester United, a jersey previously worn by legends such as Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best, and David Beckham.