Fikayo Tomori has found his feet at AC Milan following his loan move from Chelsea – and those at Stamford Bridge might be regretting their decision.
The England international defender impressed during his breakthrough season under Frank Lampard in the Premier League, but slipped down the pecking order following the arrival of Thiago Silva.
While Tomori has impressed in Serie A this season, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have forced themselves into the plans of Thomas Tuchel as performances improve.
Although Lampard believed that Tomori had a big future in west London, he could now see his long-term future elsewhere as he continues to receive praise in Italy.
Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that Chelsea ‘regret’ sending Tomori out on loan, and that he continues to look like a potential champion despite some poor results.
Furthermore, Milan are said to have a buy-out clause of around £28m in their loan agreement, but their current finances could make it tricky.
Tomori said in February when asked if he had spoken to Tuchel: "No, I haven't but for him coming into a new job like this he's pretty much focused on the team and that's fine.
"He's a manager coming into a big team and it would be really difficult to go and message everyone, so he has to focus on the team and that's fair enough and they're doing well."
With the German boss saying in response: ”To be honest, I did not spend too many minutes thinking about him. Every minute I spend here is for the guys here.
"It is tradition at Chelsea that many players are on loan.
“We will have this talk in the next weeks and months about the guys who are on loan but I have a general impression of Tomori which means he has, of course, high potential."
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Lampard had previously noted: “He absolutely has a long-term future at this club.
“The moment I got close to Fikayo was when I took him to Derby with me and he was player of the year there and one of the best players in the Championship that year.
“He came back here and played 20-plus games for us at a very young age and got in the England squad.
“In my head there is an absolute long-term plan for Fikayo about his career here.”
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