Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori believes rejecting a loan move to West Ham was the best decision for his career as he is fully focused to compete for first-team spot in the Frank Lampard’s squad.
The Hammers had agreed a deal with the Blues to secure services of Tomori on a season-long loan during the current summer transfer window.
However, the 22-year-old centre-back pulled out of the deal shortly before the end of the transfer window, choosing instead to fight for starting role under Frank Lampard.
Tomori revealed that he had wrestled with the idea of departing from Stamford Bridge, however, is confident he has made the right decision to remain at the club.
“I had a plan going into this season going off the back of last season,” he told the Chelsea Mike’d Up podcast. “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,” he added.
“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.”