Chelsea of England defender, Fikayo Tomori has disclosed that an air of uncertainty that hung around a proposal for him to join fellow-London-based English Premier League club, West Ham United made him opt out of a possible deal with The Hammers, megasportsarena.com reports.
Much to the consternation of West Ham’s fans, Tomori surprisingly pulled out of talks with the club on transfer deadline day, and he has now explained that he needed further assurances on his status and future before putting pen to paper at The London Stadium.
This is in contrast with reports that everything had been fully set for Tomori to join West Ham on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea, but the 23-uyear-old stopper, who was born in Canada to Nigerian parents, pulled out of the deal at the last minute, opting to instead fight for his place at Stamford Bridge.
Tomori has now told Chelsea’s Mike’d Up podcast: “I had a plan going into this season going off the back of last season. Obviously, in football, things change so quickly so I wanted to make sure whatever decision I made was really thought out and to try and do what’s best for me.
“I made the decision in the end to stay, to improve more, get some more games, gain some more experience and try and get to the levels I was at last season. I wanted everything to be thought out and I thought about what was happening, especially when we had a few weeks off leading up to the new season.
“I was talking a lot with my agent, to get some clarity what was going on. With transfers I prefer if it wasn’t last minute, but situations happen where you have to take a decision quickly. It was one of those situations and, as you all know, I made a decision to stay.”