Chelsea of England centre back, Fikayo Tomori has been left in limbo over the direction his career will take this summer, as The Blues are yet to come out with a verdict on whether he would be loaned out or not, megasportsarena.com reports.
Despite recent reports that Stade Rennes of France had stabled an offer to snatch the lad born in Canada to Nigerian parents away from Stanford Bridge this month, latest startling information out of London indicates that the matter is still nether here not there.
That has left Tomori in a state of uncertainty heading unto the first match of the new season this weekend in the English Premier league, with several media outlets reporting this week that The Blues are yet to make a decision on the dark-skinned stopper’s immediate future.
Dramatically, though, strong feelers out of Stamford Bridge indicate that the Nigerian-born England international and former Derby County star is surely on his way out on loan ahead of the new season, despite him having been a key part of youthful gaffer and former star player, Frank Lampard’s debut campaign in charge of Chelsea’s first team last season.
The 22-year-old Tomori was given a chance by the young manager last season and impressed with some strong displays, but eventually lost his place in the team – with Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma preferred – such that the Nigerian-born lad is said to be looking at his immediate prospects elsewhere.
A report by Goal.com added: “Transfers and the form of other players mean (Tomori) may not be first choice this coming season and that could see him leave on loan to Rennes. Premier League clubs also want to loan the Englishman, but manager Frank Lampard has not decided on his future.”
However, contrary to all reports, Lampard insists there is no plan to loan Tomori to Everton or any other club and the gaffer refused to be drawn on rumours linking the stopper away from the club.
The youthful coach added that he is desperately looking for something new or improvement in Tomori’s performances, but urged him to keep showing the same passion and desire he first saw when he was on loan with him at Derby two seasons ago.
Lampard posited: “With Fikayo … he’s in contention for Brighton and that’s where we’re at. There’s nothing specific I want from him to improve, just to work hard and show me the same work ethic he showed me at Derby County and from major parts of last season.
“He knows, and I hope every player knows, I’m fair in how I pick a team. There are four centre-backs, two of them will be unhappy every week but they have to make that starting place their own.”