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Mason Mount joins United, says Ten Hag convinced him to leave Chelsea

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Mason Mount said Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United blueprint convinced him to leave boyhood club Chelsea.

The 24-year-old midfielder is Ten Hag’s first signing of the summer in a transfer deal worth an initial £55m, plus a possible £5m in add-ons.

Mount has signed a five-year contract with the option for a further year.

“Having met with the manager, and discussed his plans, I couldn’t be more excited for the seasons ahead,” said England international Mount.

“Everyone can see that the club has made big steps forward under Erik ten Hag. I am hugely ambitious; I know how amazing it feels to win major trophies and what it takes to do it. I will be giving everything to experience that again at Manchester United.”

Chelsea rejected United’s first three bids for Mount before an agreement was reached.

“It’s never easy leaving the club where you grew up, but Manchester United will provide an exciting new challenge for the next phase of my career,” Mount added.

“Having competed against them, I know just how strong a squad it is that I’m joining, and I can’t wait to be part of this group’s drive to win major trophies.”

Mount, who has scored 33 goals in 195 appearances for Chelsea since making his senior debut in 2019, missed the end of the domestic season with injury as the Blues came 12th – their lowest finish for more than 25 years.

The player will wear the number seven shirt at Old Trafford, as worn by Cristiano Ronaldo and, before him, David Beckham. The number was offered to Mount by Ten Hag during their discussions, to show the player how much he was wanted.

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