Mason Mount has today ended his 18-year association with Chelsea after completing a permanent move away from the club.

The England international started training with the Blues at the age of six and signed as an Under-9. Mount went on to win the FA Youth Cup and the UEFA Youth League before embarking on successful loan spells at Vitesse Arnhem and Derby County.

It was ahead of the 2019/20 campaign that Mount was incorporated into the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge. He became a mainstay of Frank Lampard’s side and made more than 50 appearances in his debut season; a feat no other academy graduate had previously achieved.

Mount went from strength to strength. There were 21 goal contributions the following season and in an FA Cup tie against Luton Town, the academy graduate became the youngest player to captain the side since John Terry.

His 2020/21 campaign ended strongly under Thomas Tuchel. Mount struck in the Champions League quarter-final against Porto, in the semi-final against Real Madrid, and in the final it was his pass that freed Kai Havertz to score Chelsea’s winner.

Chairman Todd Boehly and co-controlling owners Behdad Eghbali and Jose E. Feliciano said: 'We want to thank Mason for all his efforts on and off the pitch throughout his time at Chelsea. He is a consummate professional who will be remembered fondly for his time with the Club.'

Mount was named 2021 Player of the Season by supporters. It was an award he retained 12 months later having helped the Blues claim the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, while there were also a further 29 goal contributions during the 2021/22 season.

He made only 35 appearances last term as an injury restricted the midfielder to just three substitute outings after February but he leaves Stamford Bridge having played 195 times and scoring 33 goals for the Blues.