Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is delighted to have expanded his horizons by joining AC Milan on loan, as he insists “there’s more to football than the Premier League”.
The 23-year-old defender joined Milan until the end of the season last week, with a £26million option to buy included in the deal.
The England international made his debut for the Serie A giants in the Coppa Italia quarter-final with Inter Milan on Tuesday, coming off the bench during a 2-1 defeat in which tempers flared.
Tomori – who has spent over 15 years on Chelsea’s books – is in no doubt he will benefit from pushing himself outside of his “comfort zone” during the remainder of the campaign.
“A lot more people are realising that there’s more to football than the Premier League and England,” he told reporters after the pulsating derby at San Siro.
“I speak to a lot of English players and they always say: ‘How come players from Brazil or Argentina move at 16, 17 yet English players don’t seem to go out of England a lot.’
“I think it’s definitely a positive that many young English players want to leave England and are willing to try something new, to learn new languages and a different style of play.
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“That’s only going to benefit them and the national team as well.
“Going abroad gives you a different view on football as whole rather than just Premier League and England and being in the comfort zone. Being out of your comfort zone can definitely develop a person and a player as well.”
Tomori also opened up on how he approached a number of his Chelsea teammates ahead of his move to Italy to learn what lay in store.
He added: “When I knew coming to Milan was a possibility, I spoke to a lot of players that had played in Italy: Jorginho, Emerson [Palmieri], Toni Rudiger and Mateo Kovacic, who played for Inter, so I asked him how Milan was.
“I spoke to Thiago [Silva] very briefly because his English isn’t that great, but no one had a bad word to say about Milan or Serie A.”
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