Fikayo Tomori has said he’s determined to enter the pantheon of AC Milan defensive greats and encouraged more English players to move abroad after joining the Serie A side from Chelsea.
The 23-yr–old centre back has joined league leaders Milan on the loan for the rest of the season with a choice to make the deal permanent.
Stefano Pioli’s side are presently two points clear at the top of the Italian Serie A table however Tomori pointed to the club’s long line of nice defenders as key to the move, including current Sporting Director, Paolo Maldini.
“So many great defenders have played at Milan, like Maldini, Alessandro Nesta and Franco Baresi,” Tomori said at a news conference yesterday.
“I want to be a part of Milan’s history, from the first day here I’ve breathed within the tradition of this club. I’m convinced I’ve made the right decision by coming here.
“Maldini was one of the biggest defenders ever. It was a shock when he referred to as me, however, I didn’t have to think for long before saying yes to him”.
Tomori departed Stamford Bridge after making just one Premier League appearance this season, however, sounded out Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, a former Milan player before making the move.
“I spoke to him, but also with other players who have played in Italy like Jorginho, Emerson Palmieri and Mateo Kovacic,” Tomori stated.
“Thiago reassured me, he told me great things. The others also informed me of positive things about Serie A and Milan.”
Tomori also said he’s inspired by the number of British players heading abroad to find regular game time.
English trio Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and Ronaldo Vieira at present ply their trade in Italy, as well as Welshman Aaron Ramsey and young Scot Aaron Hickey.
“It’s a positive thing,” Tomori stated.
“In England, they’re beginning to realise that not only the Premier League exists.
“Before British players didn’t tend to go abroad, but it may be important to have experience overseas.”