Chelsea: Fikayo Tomori calls Christian Pulisic ‘Captain America’
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Chelsea regret letting Fikayo Tomori join AC Milan back in the summer transfer window, according to reports. The centre-back has flourished at the San Siro, helping them challenge the likes of Juventus and Inter Milan for the Scudetto. And he’s unlikely to return to Stamford Bridge because of a clause in his contract.
Chelsea saw Tomori blow hot and cold under Frank Lampard last season.
And it was the 42-year-old who decided to cut the young defender loose, loaning him to AC Milan.
Tomori moved to the San Siro on loan and the Serie A giants have an option to buy for a fee in the region of £20million.
The Italian giants are expected to pay that in full at the end of the campaign, with Tomori becoming a vital figure at the club throughout his spell there.
And Gazetta dello Sport claim Chelsea regret letting Tomori go, believing they’ve made a big transfer mistake.
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Milan want to sign Tomori but need to balance their finances before bringing the young defender to Serie A on a permanent basis.
And, ahead of Chelsea’s crunch Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid tonight, it seems as though he won’t be returning to the capital.
Tomori is expected to feature when Milan lock horns with Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday night, with the tie currently in the balance.
The Red Devils took the lead in the first leg through Amad, whose excellent header sailed over Gianluigi Donnarumma.
But Milan earned a draw through Simon Kjaer, who struck to give them a precious away goal.
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The club’s sporting director, Paulo Maldini, recently hailed Tomori – admitting he’d love to turn the player’s stay into a permanent move.
“Fikayo is a player with interesting qualities,” Maldini said.
“He is quick, hard-working and was someone we were following closely with January in mind. The deal contains an option to sign him from Chelsea. I’m lucky to work in a club where if a player knows we want them, it makes an impact.
“We might not have won anything at European level for 14 years, but Milan is still a historic club.”
And Tomori reacted to that praised by saying: “It’s a good feeling and to hear something like this obviously gives me confidence, but I just want to carry on doing what I’m doing that’s got me to this stage and go even further.
“I’m not really focused too much on what can happen in the future, it’s just more about me playing well for the team and doing what I can for myself right now and helping the team as much as possible.
“Then what happens in the future will happen, but obviously it’s very nice to hear that from one, if not the, greatest defenders to have played the game.”
Tomori admitted he was unsure why Chelsea cut him loose when speaking last month.
“I was suddenly out of the squad and I don’t really know why,” Tomori told the Telegraph.
“I just thought I needed to work hard. Then I went to speak to the manager and he said you’ve just got to train harder, so I took that on the chin and thought that’s what I had to do.
“Mentally, it was difficult because you just want to be playing and on the pitch, and feel part of the team.
“And it was difficult for me because I wasn’t really feeling part of the team and I was wondering what had happened.
“I was trying to do extra and push myself more but, at that time, nothing seemed to work and nothing was explained to me.
“It was so frustrating. 2020, football-wise, was very, very difficult, especially after the way 2019 had gone for me playing games.
“From being at 100 to literally going down to zero and then not knowing the reason why it had gone to zero, it was very challenging.”
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