Fikayo Tomori admits surprise at AC Milan loan and calls his move to Serie A ‘an opportunity I couldn’t turn down’ after the defender was exiled by Frank Lampard at Chelsea
- Fikayo Tomori has joined AC Milan on loan for the rest of the 2020-2021 season
- Tomori was surprised to receive a phone call from Paolo Maldini before the move
- He said speaking with Maldini confirmed that Milan was where he wanted to be
- Tomori said the loan deal with Milan was too good an opportunity to turn down
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Fikayo Tomori has admitted his surprised to receive a phone call from AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini about joining the Italian giants on loan.
Tomori has now linked up with the Rossoneri on a deal until the end of the season and called it an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.
The 23-year-old defender said speaking with Maldini, now the club’s technical director, confirmed that Milan was where he wanted to be after being left on the sidelines at Chelsea by manager Frank Lampard.
Fikayo Tomori has admitted his surprise to receive a call from Paolo Maldini (R) before joining AC Milan on loan for the rest of the 2020-2021 season
‘It’s a club with great history, this is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,’ the English defender told Milan’s official website.
He continued to reveal his surprise at AC Milan’s interest, saying he instantly knew he wanted to join the club.
‘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.’
Tomori has said the opportunity to play in Stefano Pioli’s side was too good to turn down
Tomori opted to leave Stamford Bridge after Thiago Silva’s summer arrival pushed him further down the pecking order.
Despite his temporary departure from west London, boss Frank Lampard has insisted that Tomori still has a ‘long-term future’ with the Blues.
Speaking about 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.
Tomori is below Thiago Silva, Christensen and Kurt Zouma in the Chelsea pecking order
Blues boss Frank Lampard insisted the loan move to Milan was best for Tomori’s development
‘What players you should pick or not, whether you are searching for consistency or going on an unbeaten run there are questions.
‘I have to pick two at a time and the numbers don’t always add up.
‘Fikayo is a developing player, a very good player. He is going to be a top player.’
Tomori is set to return to Chelsea after his loan spell, although Milan are understood to have retained an option to buy him for £25million in the summer.