Fikayo Tomori says ‘nothing was explained’ to him amid Chelsea exile


Tomori became an outcast at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty Images)

Fikayo Tomori revealed ‘nothing was explained’ to him as he was exiled from Chelsea’s first team.

Tomori, now on loan at AC Milan, had enjoyed plenty of football under Frank Lampard during the start of his reign but lost his place and only went on to make two Premier League appearances in the entirety of 2020.

He secured a move to Serie A in the January transfer window and has made a positive start to life in Italian football but there is still a sense of frustration for the Chelsea loanee over how his stock fell.

‘I was suddenly out of the squad and I don’t really know why,’ Tomori told The Telegraph. ‘I just thought I needed to work hard.

‘Then I went to speak to the manager and he said you’ve just got to train harder, so I took that on the chin and thought that’s what I had to do. 

‘Mentally, it was difficult because you just want to be playing and on the pitch, and feel part of the team. And it was difficult for me because I wasn’t really feeling part of the team and I was wondering what had happened.

Tomori lost his place under Lampard (Picture: Getty)

‘I was trying to do extra and push myself more but, at that time, nothing seemed to work and nothing was explained to me.

‘It was so frustrating. 2020, football-wise, was very, very difficult, especially after the way 2019 had gone for me playing games. From being at 100 to literally going down to zero and then not knowing the reason why it had gone to zero, it was very challenging.’

Tomori admitted his exile felt all the more painful after the strong relationship he’d previously built up with former manager Frank Lampard at Derby County.

‘I will always be grateful for the opportunities he gave me,’ added Tomori. ‘Maybe because of our history he thought I would accept it, but from my perspective, with that history, it felt more personal and harder to understand.

‘I don’t know what happened, it wasn’t really explained to me. Soon after joining Milan, the manager sent me a positive message. It was an unusual situation – I wasn’t at Chelsea any more and he wasn’t the manager.

‘With all he had going on, it was a nice thing to take the time to do. I appreciated that. I wouldn’t say there is a bad feeling, it just is what it is. I’ve learned to look forward and I’m stronger for the experience.

‘That was a challenging time mentally, but carrying it with me isn’t going to be good for me. I made a promise to myself that now I’m in Milan, the next months or until whenever, I’ve got to be focused on what I’m doing here. 

‘Everybody would love to live a fairytale, but football and life is not a fairytale. I’m not saying I’m never going to be at Chelsea again. But at this time I’m not a Chelsea player, I’m at Milan and I have to be focused on here and, who knows, I could have a fairytale in Milan.’

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