Chelsea outcast Tomori states reason he ‘couldn’t turn down’ Milan move

Date published: Sunday 24th January 2021 4:11 - Neil Foster

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Fikayo Tomori admitted he was ‘surprised’ to be contacted by AC Milan but a chat with Paolo Maldini persuaded him to move to Italy.

Tomori, 23, has joined the Serie A giants on loan from Chelsea for the remainder of the season. Having made 15 Premier League starts in 2019-20, the defender was overlooked by the Blues this term.

Thiago Silva’s summer arrival pushed him further down the Stamford Bridge pecking order. The Canadian-born centre-back played just 44 minutes of top-flight football this season.

He also made two EFL Cup appearances and played 10 minutes in the FA Cup. Since making his full England debut against Kosovo in November 2019, his career has gone backwards.

The hope is now that he can see more action with the Rossoneri until the end of the season. And the rangy stopper appears delighted with the move.

He confessed that speaking with Milan’s technical director made the switch the proverbial ‘no-brainer’.

“It’s a club with great history, this is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” he told Milan’s official website. “I was surprised, when I spoke to Paolo Maldini, the best defender who has ever played football, I knew this was where I wanted to be and where I wanted to play football. I am very happy to be here now.”


Future still bright at the Bridge

Silva may still be one of the best central defenders in the game but he is not getting any younger. The Brazil ace will be 37 in September and cannot go on forever.

He has a one-year deal at Chelsea with the option of another year on the table. It is not known where he will take it but Tomori should be the next cab off the rank in that position.

And manager Frank Lampard insists the former Derby County loan man is still very much in the club’s thoughts.

When asked why he let Tomori leave, Lampard said: “Because I have five centre-backs and I can’t do this job and expect to please every fan; that’s football.

“What players you should pick or not, whether you are searching for consistency or going on an unbeaten run there are questions.

“Fikayo is a developing player, a very good player. He is going to be a top player.”

Milan are understood to have an option to buy him for £25million in the summer if things go well.

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