Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Chelsea defender and current AC Milan loanee Fikayo Tomori has revealed a 2020 offer from West Ham United very late on in the summer transfer window – explaining how he ‘got a call’ from his manager approving the move.
Tomori opted for a temporary switch to the San Siro last month in a bid to earn more game time, with manager Stefano Pioli aiming to win a first Serie A title for Milan since 2010/2011.
They’re currently locked in a tight battle with arch rivals Inter Milan as Tomori could be set to become part of a thrilling Italian title race.
However, Tomori has now explained in a candid Telegraph interview that he had a ‘shock’ opportunity to join West Ham United just a ‘few hours’ before the summer deadline.
Tomori confirms West Ham attempt
“I was thinking that after the way the previous six months had gone, the best thing for me to do was to go on loan and get some games and come back to Chelsea with a full season in the Premier League behind me,” he explained.
“I was ready to go and I wasn’t allowed to because the manager said I was in his plans.
“Then, a few hours before the deadline, I got a call saying the manager had said I could go to West Ham and it was a shock because this hadn’t been in the conversation at all.
“I like to think I’m pretty logical and I think things through and, together with my dad and my agent, my plan had been that if Everton didn’t happen, I had to be prepared to stay at Chelsea. By the time the West Ham offer came, it was too late to just switch that mentality with no time to think about it.”
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Indeed, as shared by Tomori, it appears West Ham lodged a 2020 attempt to sign Tomori and if things had gone differently, he may have been an option for David Moyes at this present moment.
However, due to the last minute nature of this attempt, Tomori opted not to go and remained at Chelsea – with Irons supporters potentially wondering what might have been.
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