Newly appointed Chelsea coach Frank Lampard, has kicked off this season with a pair of pre-season matches.
To continue his pre-season plans Chelsea travelled to Tokyo on Tuesday morning, as they step up preparations for the new Premier League campaign.
The Blues – boosted by the news that Mason Mount has put pen to paper on a new five-year contract – face J1 League champions Kawasaki Frontale on Friday before an eagerly-anticipated meeting with Barcelona in Saitama next week.
24 players have made the trip to East Asia, with Christian Pulisic expected to join his new team-mates very soon and N’Golo Kante stepping up his recovery from injury.
Lampard and midfielder Mateo Kovacic are due to address the media in Japan this morning, so stay tuned for the latest update
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has signed a new five-year contract with the club.
Mount, who spent last season on loan at Championship club Derby County, has long been tipped for a bright future by those at Stamford Bridge.
After Frank Lampard, who worked with Mount at Derby last season, was appointed as Chelsea head coach in July it was thought the 20-year-old would have an important role this season.
And that seems to be the case after the Blues rewarded the England Under-21 international with a new five-year deal on Monday.
“It’s a massively proud moment for myself and my family,” said Mount.
“I’m really looking forward to the coming season now and working hard to have an impact here at Chelsea. I’ve been at the club for a long time already and hopefully I’ll stay for a long time to come.”
Mount scored for Chelsea in their 4-0 pre-season victory over St Patrick’s Athletic in Dublin on Saturday and is now heading with the squad to Japan ahead of matches with Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona.
The club are delighted to tie down one of their hottest prospects, who has been at Stamford Bridge since he was six years old.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “Mason has come right the way through the Chelsea Academy and has always stood out as a fantastic talent and dedicated individual.
“We have monitored his development extremely closely while he has been out on loan and believe he is now ready to be a member of our squad competing at the top of the Premier League.
“Like another of our academy graduates, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, we are delighted Mason has committed himself to the club this summer and look forward to an exciting future ahead.”
Manchester United and Arsenal are among the club interested in Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko, report RMC Sport.
The French publication claim that United have made contact over a possible deal and face stiff competition from Paris Saint-Germain, whose new sporting director, Leonardo, remains in touch with Bakayoko after his spell with AC Milan.
Bakayoko has returned from the San Siro with his future up in the air, and Arsenal sense a deal could be in the offing, with talks with new manager Frank Lampard scheduled in the coming days.
Source: Evening Standard