Englishman Mason Mount has moved to Manchester United with a contract that extends until the summer of 2028, with the option to extend for an additional contract, according to what his new team announced today, Wednesday.
“It’s not always easy to leave the club I grew up in, but Manchester United offers an exciting new challenge for the next stage of my career,” United’s official website quoted the former Chelsea player as saying. Having played against them, I know exactly how strong the team I am joining and I can’t wait to be part of this group’s push to win big titles.”
The official announcement of the 24-year-old Mount’s joining the team of Dutch coach Eric Ten Hag comes a few hours after the player confirmed his departure from Chelsea this summer.
Mount said – yesterday, Tuesday – in a farewell message to the “Blues” fans via his Instagram account: “I feel that you deserve more than just a written statement, so I wanted to tell you directly how grateful I am for all your support over the past 18 years.”
He continued, “I know that some of you will not be happy with my decision, but this is the right thing for me at this moment in my career. I joined Chelsea when I was six years old, and we went through a lot together.
According to reports, United paid 55 million pounds ($69 million) for Mount, with an additional 5 million bonuses dependent on the player’s performance and success at Old Trafford.
Mount graduated from the Chelsea Academy and spent a season on loan to Dutch Vitesse (2017-2018), and another with Derby County (2018-2019).
He played his first match with Chelsea in August 2019, and will leave the team after playing 129 games with him in the Premier League, during which he scored 27 goals with 22 assists.
With the Blues, he won the 2021 UEFA Champions League and the Club World Cup.
Internationally, he played 36 matches with the England national team, and started in the 2021 European Cup final, which he lost on penalties against Italy.
The attacking midfielder scored only 3 goals in the league last season, with his form declining and suffering from injuries, noting that Chelsea finished in twelfth place.
By moving to the “Red Devils”, Mount – who wears shirt No. 7 – is looking to be part of the stage of the team’s return to the heart of the competition for the Premier League title that has been absent from its coffers since 2013 when he was crowned champion in the last season before the retirement of the legendary Scottish coach Alex Ferguson.
Mount is the latest player to wear this shirt, which has turned into a curse since Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo wore it in two periods (2002 to 2009 and from August to January 2023) with the “Maneo”.
Ronaldo scored 145 goals in 346 games for United.
The numbers indicate that everyone who carried this number, which Ronaldo inherited from the English star David Beckham, was afflicted with a curse and repeated goal sterility.
The numbers indicate that 6 players wore this No. 7 shirt after Ronaldo’s departure, and they scored a combined 35 goals. It is noteworthy that they were among the distinguished stars before moving to Old Trafford:
- Englishman Michael Owen: 12 goals in 3 seasons.
- Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia: One goal in one season.
- Argentine Angel Di Maria: 3 goals in one season.
- Dutch Memphis Depay: 7 goals in two seasons.
- Chilean Alexis Sanchez: 3 goals in one season.
- Uruguayan Edinson Cavani: 19 goals in 58 games with the team over two seasons.
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