Promising Chelsea youngster to pen new deal before heading out on loan

Mason Mount will put pen to paper on a new Chelsea deal before joining Derby County on loan.

Football Insider claims that Mount is set to join the Rams and Frank Lampard next season.

It has become common practice for Chelsea to secure the players’ long-term futures before they sanction any loan moves.

Mount’s new deal at Stamford Bridge is seen as a reward for his progress after a standout season at Vitesse.

The England youth international is one of the highest rated young stars to come through the Chelsea academy in recent years, with those behind the scenes at the club holding out big hopes for the player in years to come.

Mount trained with the England senior squad prior to the World Cup in Russia, a sign of how highly he is rated in the game.

A host of Chelsea youngsters have been linked with moves to Derby following Lampard’s appointment and Mount will provide some youthful energy to an experienced Rams squad.

Barcelona hold positive transfer talks with Chelsea star Eden Hazard’s representatives

And the Catalan giants have now made signing the Chelsea forward a priority.

Real Madrid has long targeted a move for the Belgium international, who has impressed at the World Cup this summer.

But arch-rivals Barcelona are looking to swoop as they eye stronger competition in attack.

Spanish newspaper SPORT says the first contact between Barcelona and Hazard’s entourage was made last week.

It is said the feedback they received was positive as it was confirmed that the 27-year-old wants to leave Chelsea.

Hazard would also be interested in the prospect of signing at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona now plan to speak with Chelsea as the door has been opened by the player.

Following the failure to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, the idea of landing Hazard has gained momentum.

However, negotiating with Chelsea is seen as something which won’t be easy.

Barcelona, though, are increasing their transfer budget by offloading unwanted players.

Paulinho has left for China and sparked Barcelona’s readiness to hold talks with Hazard’s representatives.

SPORT add Hazard’s wage demands would not be a problem for the La Liga champions.

It now remains to be seen how hard the winger will push for a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill will hold talks with Gareth Southgate over his England future

Gary Cahill is desperate to face Belgium in Saturday’s third-place play-off because he believes it could be his last chance to play for England.

The Chelsea centre-half, who turns 33 in December, will hold talks with England manager Gareth Southgate after the tournament to determine whether he should prolong his international career.

Cahill, who played just one match here, having lost his starting role to Harry Maguire, said: “It is a good conversation for me to have with the manager in the coming month or so.

“Any time I get an opportunity to play for England, I want to do that. I can finish my England career knowing that I have played every possible game I can play in the times I have been selected.

“I have never pulled out with any half injury or looked to put my club before my country. If I’m selected [to play against Belgium], I will go out there and give everything I’ve got.”

Cahill, who admitted before the squad travelled to Russia that this might be his last major tournament, was an unused substitute last night and was amazed at how Croatia were able to compete at such a high level for 120 minutes. It was the third successive match that they had been taken to extra-time but their stamina remained undiminished.

“Watching the first half, I was thinking we were in total control and could only see one outcome but the game can always change,” he said.

“We expected them to tire more than they did. They had two games go into extra time before they faced us, but they seemed fit. It’s hard to take.”

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