Mason Mount looked emotional as he joined his Chelsea team-mates on a lap of the pitch and posed for a photo with some of his former academy coaches on Sunday amid speculation he will leave the club this summer.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been linked with the England midfielder, who is valued at £55million.
Mount, 24, posed for a picture with former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris and current academy head of programme and player development up to under-14 level Ben Knight in a Stamford Bridge box.
But he gave little away in an end-of-season Instagram post in which he thanked Chelsea’s fans for their support during a turbulent campaign that ended with them finishing 12th in the Premier League.
They concluded their season with a 1-1 home draw against Newcastle on Sunday.
Jody Morris (second right) posted this image of Mount in a Stamford Bridge executive box post-match. Ben Knight, a Chelsea head of academy programme, is also in the pic (right)
Mount with Chelsea interim manager Frank Lampard during a lap of the Stamford Bridge pitch
The midfielder looked emotional amid speculation he will leave Chelsea over the summer
Mount has been linked with a £55m move to Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool
Mount wrote: ‘It’s fair to say it’s been an up and down season, but your support has never dipped.
‘Travelling all around the country, you were with us every step of the way and at times we didn’t deserve you.
‘But now it’s time to have a break and recover… Thank you & enjoy your summer Blues.’
Mount, who has missed Chelsea’s final games of the season through injury, posted images with interim manager Frank Lampard and Conor Gallagher, another who could leave over the summer.
He has one year remaining on his current deal but talks over a new contract have stalled, meaning Chelsea will have to sell this summer to get anything near their valuation of Mount.
As Mail Sport revealed last week, United have tried to steal a march on their Premier League rivals in the pursuit of Mount by lodging a £55m bid.
Chelsea value him at nearer £85m but the final sum is likely to be less given he only has one year left on his contract. A bidding war between the rival clubs could push the price up, however.
Incoming Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino is a huge admirer of Mount and ideally would wish him to stay.
However, there is significant doubt over whether Chelsea can revive talks over a contract extension.
Mount posted a series of Instagram pictures from the end-of-season lap of appreciation
He gave little away in the message, instead thanking Chelsea fans for their support
Mount is a low-earner at Chelsea for such an important player and is on around £80,000-a-week.
Talks over a new deal that valued Mount at £200,000-a-week were making progress at one stage before being put on the back-burner.
The discussions over his new deal had been initiated by Marina Granovskaia, the trusted negotiator under Roman Abramovich’s ownership.
But since the takeover by Todd Boehly, there have been other priorities. Boehly reminded Mount of his importance last month with a view to further discussions before the summer break.
The impasse over his new contract comes amid a hugely disappointing campaign for Chelsea, who finished in the Premier League bottom half for the first time since 1996.
Mount was on the bench at Stamford Bridge on Sunday despite not being part of the squad
Mount started a good number of Premier League and Champions League games under Thomas Tuchel and then Graham Potter but has struggled to match the form of previous seasons.
An injury to his abdomen/pelvis that required a minor operation last month curtailed his campaign as the Blues limp to a disappointing mid-table finish under Lampard’s caretaker charge.
Mount, once the darling of England manager Gareth Southgate, only played a bit-part at the Qatar World Cup too.
After the final game of the season, Lampard slammed Chelsea’s ‘dropped standards’ as his interim tenure drew to a close.
‘The standards collectively have dropped. I can be honest about that now that it’s my last game, I might not see some of them that much any more,’ he said.
‘The standards of the collective for a club like Chelsea have to be at the maximum or you won’t be physically competitive enough, or you won’t be able to play at the highest level.
‘If you’re not together in the dressing room, and you’re not vocal in the dressing room, driving each other and competitive because I want your place and you want mine. Any top team has to have that.
‘When I came in very quickly I could see that wasn’t there enough. Of course a very good manager will help that, but everyone has to take responsibility, players and club alike.’
Frank Lampard gave a withering assessment of ‘dropped standards’ at Chelsea after they finished 12th in the Premier League