Chelsea: Lampard pleased with Morecambe win
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has told Fikayo Tomori he has no plans to let him leave on a permanent basis. The England international has been linked with a move away this January transfer window and has grown fed up by the lack of chances he has had this season.
Chelsea star Tomori had his sights set on a permanent departure from Stamford Bridge this January transfer window after becoming frustrated by a lack of game-time this season.
After the signing of Thiago Silva, the defender was relegated to fifth-choice, behind Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.
It has seen him make just four appearances this season, one in the Premier League, and a host of clubs are interested in his signature.
But Lampard has told the 23-year-old that his long-term future remained at Stamford Bridge, though he is willing to let him leave on loan.
“Fikayo Tomori absolutely has a long-term future at this club, and we’ll see if and when he goes on loan,” said Lampard.
“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 in my opinion.
“And then he came back and played 20-plus games for us at a very young age last year and got in the England squad.
“There’s an absolute long-term plan for Fikayo in my head about his career here.
“And if it’s to go and play games it’s to absolutely enhance his personal development.
“Hopefully help whatever team he goes to, because that will come hand in hand, and then come back to us a better player.”
Chelsea will take on Fulham on Saturday, with the Blues under pressure to land a victory after one Premier League win in six but Lampard has insisted he has utilised his time well with the squad.
“We’ve had good work on the training pitch, that’s been a positive of the two weeks,” said Lampard.
“It’s been the first two weeks where we’ve been able to work through a week at a really physical level, 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 has been training and the atmosphere around it.
“When you’ve had a few games where you don’t win it’s clear the players need to stay positive.
“So I’ve 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’s been one positive out of the last two weeks, and now our players need to show that.”
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