Mason Mount has admitted that Chelsea players are only hearing about developments in the club’s takeover process day by day.
A host of bidders made offers to purchase Chelsea after Roman Abramovich put his prized asset up for sale before sanctions were imposed on him by the UK government – a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the oligarch’s alleged close ties to Moscow and president Vladimir Putin.
That lengthy list of prospective buyers has now been whittled down to just four by the merchant bank managing the transaction, the Raine Group. On that list are Todd Boehly’s consortium, the Ricketts family, Sir Martin Broughton and Stephen Pagliuca.
However, while the sale is slowly progressing, Mount – who is on international duty with England – has admitted the playing staff have been kept in the dark.
“I’ve been at the club since I was six-years-old and something like this has not happened before, so it can be a concern,” he said after the Three Lions’ victory over Switzerland on Saturday. “At the beginning, and even now, we don’t really know where it’s going and what’s happening the next day.
“So it’s difficult. But we focus on our football and what we can do is try and win as many games as we can. Obviously I’m away with England, so that stuff is kind of parked and I’m focusing on England duty and what I can do while I’m away.
“And then, when I go back to Chelsea next week, I’m sure we will be informed about what’s going on because I haven’t heard anything recently.”
The academy product added that the fact the fixtures are coming thick and fast at the business end of the season means there is plenty to keep them focussed on the pitch, with Chelsea’s form impressive despite the off-field upheaval.
“It can sometimes be hard to focus on football when a lot of things is going on around you,” he continued. “But I feel like it has made it a bit easier, that there are so many games to play that we have to focus ourselves on what’s happening on the pitch.
“Hopefully that can continue. You don’t know what’s going on from day to day, so to focus on football is all we can do.”