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Each club will have a player who looks promising and probably deserves more opportunities in the team, but he will have to stake his time and eventually go on loan to continue his development.
That could be the case at Chelsea with Fikayo Tomori as he is clearly a talented player with a great future, but the Chelsea team is too big and restricting his chances to play.
It looked like he was going on loan this month so that he could play more regularly, while Frank Lampard spoke personally that he had a long-term future at the club:
Lampard on Tomori: “He absolutely has a long-term future at this club, but we will see if and when he is loaned.”
– Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 14, 2021
That statement seems to make sense when you consider Lampard’s history with him at the Derby, but it also directly contradicts reports coming out tonight that they are willing to ship him on loan to AC Milan with a purchase option included:
Talks are progressing between AC Milan and Chelsea for Fikayo Tomori, it is a serious option as announced here three days ago.
Chelsea asks for a loan with option to buy [around €30m]. Negotiations on. Tomori would accept fate if the two clubs reach an agreement. ? https://t.co/4FDzDY7uh3
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 14, 2021
Perhaps there is more to this and a buyback option will be included or it could be the case that Chelsea feels this is too good an offer to decline, but it makes you wonder what has changed since Lampard’s comments today.