The footballing world is abuzz with reactions following the news of Mason Mount’s departure from Chelsea. Mount, who has been with the club since the tender age of six, will no longer don the blue of Stamford Bridge.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder completed his move to Premier League rivals Manchester United this morning, in a transfer deal worth an initial fee of £55 million according to Sky Sports. Seeing him in the red jersey of Manchester United will certainly take some getting used to for Chelsea fans.
Reece James, the 23-year-old Chelsea defender who also came through the club’s academy at Cobham alongside Mount, took to Instagram to bid farewell. It was heartening to see Mount respond with a heartfelt message in the comments, expressing his pride in his friend’s journey.
Chelsea supporters have a sense of immense pride for all the players who have made the transition from the academy to the first team, and Mount and James have been shining examples of this progression. They have been the standout talents since the days of Chelsea legend John Terry, making Mount’s departure a significant loss.
While fans can only wish Mount the best of luck in his future endeavors, there is also disappointment from club legend Didier Drogba, who expressed his feelings on Instagram. Mount had become a poster boy for Chelsea in the eyes of many outsiders, but it appears that Reece James will now take up that mantle as the new face of the club.
Given his potential and commitment, many believe that James can be an excellent ambassador for Chelsea moving forward. There is even speculation about him being named captain for the upcoming season, a role that fans would love to see him take on.
The departure of Mason Mount marks the end of an era, but it also opens up new opportunities for other young talents to shine and carry the Chelsea legacy forward.