By Russell Edge
Chelsea have confirmed that midfielder Mason Mount will spend next season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.
The Blues announced on both their official Twitter account and the club’s website that the 18-year-old had agreed terms to a new contract keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2021, and will spend next season on loan at their partner club Vitesse:
Mason Mount will spend the 2017/18 season in the Netherlands…https://t.co/QwRj0LgAMV
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 24, 2017
Mount is the latest in a long line of Chelsea youngsters to be shipped over the North Sea to the Dutch side, with two fellow Blues already on temporary deals at the club.
The likes of Nemanja Matic, Lewis Baker, Bertrand Traore and Dominic Solanke have all spent time with Vitesse, in a bid to improve their development through first team action.
Mount spent last season with the Chelsea Under-18s, helping captain the side to the FA Youth Cup, while he also has international experience under his belt, with caps at every youth level up to the Under-19s, who he won the U-19 European Championships with this summer.
Football Insider verdict
Mount may seem like a prodigal talent, with his 7 Under-19s England caps, and his captaincy at youth level for Chelsea, but he has to be careful not to follow in the footsteps of those before him if he wants a first team place at Stamford Bridge. The likes of Solanke and Traore have already left the club, despite their exposure to first team football, and with a whole host of youngsters fighting for a place in the senior side, it will be a challenge. Still, Mount seems to have impressed the Chelsea management enough to warrant a loan spell, and they will be keeping a close eye on his development in hope of seeing him flourish at senior level.
In other Chelsea news, Arsenal fans were left fuming after their side lost out to the Blues in a pre-season friendly.