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Chelsea and AC Milan have announced that Blues defender Fikayo Tomori has joined the Serie A club on loan until the end of the season.
Milan declaration on its official website He also confirmed that the Rossoneri can make the deal permanent.
While none of the clubs mentioned the price of the release clause, The Guardian says it amounts to £ 25 million.
Tomori, who played on loan at Derby under Frank Lampardmanagement followed the coach back to Stamford Bridge in 2019.
Furthermore, Chelsea’s transfer ban meant that it played a key role in Lampard’s first season. Indeed, English He played 22 times in all competitions and made his Three Lions debut in November 2019.
However, the summer arrival of Thiago Silva to Chelsea He pushed Tomori further down the hierarchical order of Stamford Bridge.
Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are ahead of him this season.
The Canadian defender bet to stay and fight for a place in the first team before the start of the campaign; had an offer from West Ham.
However, he has now seized the opportunity for a large loan to Italy. The title-chasing Milan will offer Tomori a great opportunity to affirm his high-level credentials.
The Rossoneri sit three points ahead of Inter Milan in the Serie A table after 18 games.
Despite his temporary departure from West London, Chief Lampard has insisted that Tomori still has a “long-term future” with the Blues.
Lampard offers support to Tomori despite departure
In a press conference ahead of Friday night’s announcement of the deal, Lampard explained why Tomori has struggled for game minutes this season.
“Because I have five centers and I can’t do this job and I hope to please all the fans, that’s football,” he said (via football, london).
“Which players should you choose or not and when you are looking for consistency, or being undefeated, there were questions. I have to choose two at a time and the numbers don’t always add up.
Fikayo is a developing player, a very good player, I have seen him go from arriving at the Derby when he was a fairly quiet boy to being one of the best defenders in the Championship and a regular at Chelsea and England, so I think his career has It has been great.
“His next step, whether yielded or not, will be a first-rate player.”
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