Chelsea: Fikayo Tomori praised by boss Frank Lampard
AC Milan have reportedly approached Chelsea over the loan signing of Fikayo Tomori. The England international’s change of fortune in the last 12 months has been remarkable.
Tomori appeared to be a favourite of Lampard’s coming towards the end of 2019, after finishing as Player of the Year at loan club Derby County under Lampard and then becoming a Chelsea first team regular following the club legend’s appointment at Stamford Bridge.
The 23-year-old made 19 appearances for the Blues in the first half of the 2019/20 campaign in all competitions before something appeared to change at the turn of the year.
Tomori would only make two league appearances in the whole of 2020, with his last Premier League outing coming against Liverpool in September, when he came on following Andreas Christensen’s red card.
Outside of that solitary 45 minutes, Tomori has had to settle for just two run-outs in the EFL Cup and then Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Morecambe.
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Tomori’s performances for Chelsea in 2019 and on loan at Derby mean he is not short of potential suitors.
Leeds and Newcastle are both said to have expressed an interest in recent months, whilst Everton and Rennes had tried to sign him in the summer before West Ham looked on the verge of sealing a loan move, only for the player to turn it down.
It has been reported that clubs in France and Germany are also considering moves and Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed AC Milan have contacted the Blues.
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He tweeted: “New chance for Fikayo Tomori: AC Milan have contacted Chelsea for the English centre back. Tomori would accept the destination.
“But the main target for Milan is still Mohamed Simakan [Strasbourg]. Only if the deal will collapse, Tomori would be the option.”
Lampard’s decision to only give the centre-back ten minutes against a League Two side added further fuel to a fire which has confused fans and the media alike.
And the Blues legend claimed a potential move was part of the reason why Tomori did not feature for longer.
“The situation with Fikayo is open at the moment,” Lampard said.
“There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else. So that would have to be the solution for him and the club. That was part of my thinking of not starting him today.
“I gave him some minutes at the end but while we were looking at that I wanted to make sure it was the right thing for the club and for him and individually. So that’s why he didn’t start.
“But his attitude, even though he hasn’t played much recently, has been fantastic in training and in how he is.”
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