Mason Mount turned down Chelsea’s latest contract offer to join Manchester United earlier this week. He has been at Chelsea since he was six-years-old so his decision to leave hasn’t been met well by their fans but, in an interview with MUTV he reveals the reasons behind the move.

I think over the last several months it became clear that I wasn’t in the plans moving forward [at Chelsea], and once I knew that United were involved, my decision was made up. It’s a massive club with huge, iconic players that have played here. And I wanted to be a part of that from the beginning. And obviously getting in early ready for pre-season to start was a main objective of mine as well.

The players have returned to Carrington for the pre-season and Mount is happy that he gets to be at the club from the start to put him in the best position for the start of the 2023-24 campaign.

Pre-season is huge, it gets you in the right shape going into the season. So yeh, the most important thing for me was getting there, being ready on day one and being able to obviously meet all the players, the manager, get working because we’ve got a big season ahead and we want to win trophies, we want to be successful. So, yeh, it was really big for me to be here on day one and get going straightaway.

United’s first pre-season game is against, newly relegated, Leeds next Wednesday, before taking on Lyon, Arsenal, Wrexham, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Lens and Athletic Club.