The arrival of Nigerian-born striker, Tammy Abraham at AS Roma of Italy is sending a bolt of excitement through one of his former teammates at Chelsea of England, as Fikayo Tomori says they will get the opportunity to hobnob once again.
It is understood the deal for Abraham includes a buy-back clause set at £68m for Chelsea to lure him back from Roma, who are now being handled by his former coach at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho.
Megasportsarena.com reports that, although Tomori will now be a rival for Abraham in the Italian Serie A, as he stars for AC Milan, the Nigerian-born England international defender insists they will remain good friends.
Tomori’s words came after the 23-year-old Abraham completed his move to Serie A side AS Roma for a fee of £34m 5-year-deal and will now work with former Chelsea coach, Jose Mourinho.
Abraham was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s Super Cup win against Villarreal last midweek and The Blues’ Premier League victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday, underwent a medical in Rome on Sunday.
That marked a continuum of the scenario in which Abraham was unable to hold down a starting position last season, after Chelsea parted ways with Frank Lampard, who had faith in the lanky striker.
The dark-skinned hitman, who will wear jersey number nine in Rome, joined Chelsea’s academy at under-8 level, rose through the ranks and got his senior debut in 2016.
He, however, went on loan spells to other English clubs, including Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa, where he did enough to convince Lampard to hand him the number one marksman job for the club.
Excluding penalties, Abraham was the Blues’ highest scorer in all competitions for the second season running in 2020/21, and no-one netted more times in the Premier League from open play for the club.
The majority of those goals came in the first half of the campaign, before a troublesome injury and increased competition for places reduced his opportunities.
Abraham was also Chelsea’s joint-top goals scorer with 12 strikes in all competitions last season but found first-team opportunities limited following the arrival of German tactician, Thomas Tuchel as The Blues’ coach in January.
Chelsea have a £68m buyback option on Abraham, which can be triggered in the summer of 2023, while Roma prepare to open their Serie A campaign at home against Fiorentina at Stadio Olympico on Sunday.
Consequently, Tomori spoke in glowing terms about his bosom pal, as he welcomed Abraham to Italy and concluded his cordial message with an Italian expression that translates to mean ‘we’ll see each other soon.’
Tomori posted to social media: “We can’t stay away from each other. The journey continues brother, I’m so happy for you!
“The grind doesn’t stop and God will crown your efforts with success. But now… we are rivals. Love you bro. Ci vediamo presto.’
Abraham responded immediately with an equally humorous post, as the lanky attacker stated: “My family! No running away from me. Amen, love you brother. Ciao.”
Abraham had also stated in an earlier interview: “You can sense when a club really wants you – and Roma made their interest clear immediately.
“Roma is a club that deserves to be fighting for titles and trophies. I’ve had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in those competitions again.
“So, I want to help this team to achieve that and get to the level where Roma should be. It’s a massive honour to be the No. 9 at this club and I just can’t wait to get started and to help the team.”