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Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he turned down deadline day mortgage transfer to London rivals West Ham


Oct 16, 2020
Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he turned down deadline day loan move to London rivals West Ham

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has revealed he snubbed a transfer to West Ham for the advantage of his profession.

The Hammers had agreed a take care of their London rivals to signal Tomori on a season-long mortgage deal on switch deadline day earlier this month.

Tomori made 22 appearances for Chelsea in a breakthrough 2020/21 marketing campaign
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Nonetheless, the deal collapsed on the final minute after the 22-year-old determined to remain put and battle for his spot in Frank Lampard’s facet, a lot to West Ham’s disappointment.

In an unique interview with the Chelsea Mike’d Up podcast, Tomori conceded that he did take into account a short lived transfer away from Stamford Bridge however felt it wouldn’t be in his finest pursuits.

“I had a plan going into this season going off the again of final season,” he mentioned.

“Clearly, in soccer, issues change so rapidly so I needed to verify no matter determination I made was actually thought out and to try to do what’s finest for me.

“I made the choice in the long run to remain, to enhance extra, get some extra video games, acquire some extra expertise and try to get to the degrees I used to be eventually season.”

Tomori has labored with Lampard at Chelsea and Derby
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Chelsea’s willingness to let Tomori spend the 2020/21 marketing campaign in east London got here as a shock to him, contemplating that they had beforehand rejected affords from Rennes and Everton for the defender.

Tomori admitted that uncertainty concerning his future was unsettling, particularly in direction of the tip of the worldwide window.

“I needed the whole lot to be thought out and I thought of what was taking place, particularly after we had just a few weeks off main as much as the brand new season,” he added.

“I used to be speaking loads with my agent, to get some readability what was happening. With transfers I choose if it wasn’t final minute, however conditions occur the place you need to take a choice rapidly.

“It was a kind of conditions and, as you all know, I decided to remain.”

Lampard has a raft of choices at his disposal in defence, with Thiago Silva becoming a member of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen Kurt Zouma and Tomori this summer season.

And Tomori says the Blues legend has embraced having as a lot depth as attainable inside his squad.

“He [Lampard] is aware of there’s a large squad right here and its extra aggressive than final yr,” he defined.

“We’ve introduced in some superb gamers and I’m positive the supervisor is trying ahead to working with each single participant, to get us to gel as a lot as we are able to, try to get some outcomes on the board and shut that hole to the highest of the desk.”