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Graham Potter hails Mason Mount for his response to ‘difficult’ spell at Chelsea

The 24-year-old’s future in west London remains uncertain, with his contract at the end of next season and Bayern Munich, now managed by former Blues boss Thomas Tuchel, reportedly interested in a summer move for the Midfielder.

Mount is also believed to be attracting interest from other Premier League sides, including Liverpool, with no progress made on contract renewal talks with Chelsea since the World Cup.

He hasn’t played since late February due to a pubic bone injury but is set to make a first-team return and is expected to be involved in the Chelsea squad as the Blues host Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Discussing the issues Mount has faced in recent weeks, Potter admitted it had been difficult but insisted the midfielder hadn’t allowed those distractions to impact his driving.

“It was tough for him,” Potter said in his pre-game briefing.

“He had minor injuries, noise and speculation off the pitch. But he is a top professional and a fantastic boy.

“How he acted with me, how he acted with the team, how he acted around us was absolutely top. It’s all to his credit because sometimes in your career things are difficult, they are not quite as you would like them to be.

“Then you have to act well and conduct yourself in a good way, and that’s exactly what he did.”

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