Frank Lampard insists he has a ‘long-term plan in mind about Fikayo Tomori’s future at Chelsea’ but is open to letting out to AC Milan, Newcastle and Leeds who are all interested.
- Fikayo Tomori arouses interest from AC Milan, Leeds and Newcastle
- Defender is struggling with Blues this season to reach regular playing time
- But manager Frank Lampard still believes the 23-year-old’s future lies with Chelsea
- He said: ‘There is an absolutely long-term plan for Fikayo about his career here’
Frank Lampard insists that Fikayo Tomori’s future remains with Chelsea.
England defender Tomori has been earmarked for a loan swap from Stamford Bridge this month, with AC Milan, Leeds and Newcastle all interested.
Tomori has played for the first team just four times this season, with Chelsea on loan considering helping the 23-year-old realize his full potential.
Fikayo Tomori’s future lies with Chelsea, manager Frank Lampard emphasizes
He made 22 appearances on his way to his England debut last season, but only played three times after December.
Lampard’s sparse use of Tomori had led to suggestions for a permanent move, but the Blues boss insists the coveted defender can still thrive in West London.
“Fikayo Tomori definitely has a long-term future with this club and we’ll see if and when he gets on loan,” said Lampard.
The moment I got close to Fikayo was when I took him to Derby and he was player of the year there and one of the best players in the championship that year in my opinion.
‘And then he came back and played more than twenty games for us at a very young age last year and got into the England squad.
“There is an absolute long-term plan for Fikayo in my mind about his career here.
Lampard says he has a clear idea in mind about what Tomori’s career will be like
And when it comes to playing games, it absolutely has to improve his personal development.
“Hopefully help the team he’s going to because that comes hand in hand and then comes back to us as a better player.”
Chelsea will face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, with the Premier League clash postponed for a day due to the hosts’ coronavirus outbreak.
Reece James and Andreas Christensen will return to the Blues after minor injuries, while N’Golo Kante misses a suspension.
Fulham forced a 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Wednesday night, with that rescheduled clash that prompted the Premier League to push back their Chelsea encounter by a day.
Lampard continues to work hard to assimilate all of his £ 220m worth of summer recruits at Chelsea, admitting that the past two weeks have provided an extensive opportunity to delve into tactical details.
“We’ve done a good job on the training field, that’s a positive point of the two weeks,” said Lampard.
Tomori is struggling to record consistent playing time for the Stamford Bridge club
‘It was the first two weeks that we were able to really work physically for a week, which is important if you want to improve as a team.
‘The players have been focused since the Manchester City game. We were expected to beat Morecambe and we did, and after that, the main concern was the training and the atmosphere around it.
If you’ve had a few games where you don’t win, it’s clear the players need to stay positive.
‘So I have seen good reactions from the players in those terms, the players have worked hard. It’s the first chance this season we’ve had to work on the bigger elements of our game.
“So that was a positive from the past two weeks, and now our players have to show that.”