Chelsea defender considers a move to Ligue 1 over Premier League
Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea is set to join Ligue 1 club, Rennes, on loan next month in order to get game time following his limited appearances at the back for the club.
The 23-year-old who impressed last season has struggled to make it into the matchday squad for the London club. He has made only three appearances this season till now which includes two carabao cup games and one substitute appearance in the Premier League.
The addition of experienced centre-back Thiago Silva from PSG has seen the youngster go further down the pecking order with manager Lampard preferring the duo of Zouma and Silva. The likes of Christensen and Rudiger have also been in the mix for the blues this season, making Tomori the fifth choice centre-back at the club.
Frank Lampard still sees Tomori as the one for the future and is looking to sanction a loan move for the player in order to gain some much-needed game time.
Leeds United had been linked with a move for the England international as they look to find a replacement for the injured Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, and club captain Liam Cooper, although recent reports suggest Tomori has rejected an approach from Marcelo Bielsa’s side as he thinks he won’t be a regular starter at club and wants to move to France to get regular playing time.
Alex Crook on his recent podcast (via the Sun) said:
It’s almost certain that he will leave Stamford Bridge on loan next season, he’s only featured in one Premier League or Champions League game this season. There was interest from West Ham in the summer, but he walked away from a move to the London Stadium at the eleventh hour on Deadline Day. Leeds have also expressed an interest, but I’m told Rennes is now the most likely destination for Tomori.”
West Ham United were all set to secure the defender during the last summer window, but the defender had a change of heart in the last minute.
Rennes had reportedly wanted Tomori as a part of the deal which saw Edouard Mendy make a sixteen million pound move to Chelsea this summer. Tomori however did not want to be rushed into making a decision and decided not to move. He now wishes to make a move in the January transfer window.
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