Frank Lampard opens up on decision to sell former Chelsea star Fikayo Tomori

Frank Lampard has sanctioned the departure of Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea, initially on loan to AC Milan (Photo: Getty)

Frank Lampard believes Fikayo Tomori “didn’t quite understand” the circumstances under which his Chelsea career actually ended.

The England international played Derby on loan during Lampard’s stint at the helm of Pride Park and again featured prominently on his return to Stamford Bridge after Lampard joined his former club.

Tomori, however, quickly dropped down the pecking order following the arrival of Thiago Silva and, having barely featured in the first six months of last season, joined AC Milan on loan before making the deal permanent this summer.

The 23-year-old has impressed since his Serie A stint and although Chelsea didn’t miss their academy graduate, Lampard has an element of regret as to how it ended for Tomori in the west London.

Speaking of the impact Tomori and Mason Mount had on their Derby loan, Lampard said coral: ‘They gave us a lot of energy and enthusiasm, but I also realized that I had underestimated the rest of the team. The likes of Nugent, Keogh, Bryson and Johnson, I found them all to be fantastic pros and great players.

Fikayo Tomori has rebuilt his AC Milan career since leaving Chelsea

Fikayo Tomori has rebuilt his career at AC Milan since leaving Chelsea (Photo: Getty)

“I am very proud of Mason Mount, but everything depends on him in many ways. Its quality, its attributes, the way it applies to training and its work ethic are special.

“He’s building his own story and I’m part of it in the sense that I gave him a chance and I’m really proud of it. Fikayo was huge in Derby, progressing through the season and improving every week.

“It was a tough story at the end because we had too many center-backs at the end of the second year at Chelsea and I really wanted to help him but I’m not sure he really understood that.

“It’s tough when you’re at the top level because it’s so sharp and there are always tough times for young players.”

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