Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has announced that he has turned down a move to West Ham in favor of his career.
The Hammers had reached a deal with their London rivals Tomori will sign a season loan deal on the day of the transfer deadline earlier this month.
However, the deal fell through at the very last minute after the 22-year-old decided to stay and fight for his place on Frank Lampard’s side, much to West Ham’s disappointment.
In an exclusive interview with the Chelsea Mike’d Up podcast, Tomori admitted that he was considering moving temporarily from Stamford Bridge, but felt that it would not be in his best interests.
“I had a plan for this season that was different from last season,” he said.
“Of course things change so quickly in football that I wanted to make sure that every decision I made was really thought through and try to do the best for myself.
“In the end, I made the decision to stay, keep improving, get a few more games, get more experience and try to match last season’s level.”
Chelsea’s willingness to leave Tomori Spending the 2020/21 season in east London came as a surprise to him considering they had previously turned down offers from Rennes and Everton for the defender.
Tomori admitted the uncertainty about his future was troubling, especially towards the end of the international window.
“I wanted everything to be thought out and I thought about what happened, especially when we had a few weeks off before the new season,” he added.
“I’ve spoken a lot with my agent to clarify what’s going on. When it comes to transfers, I prefer it if it wasn’t at the last minute, but there are times when you have to make a decision quickly.
“It was one of those situations and as you all know I decided to stay.”
Lampard has a number of options available in defense Thiago Silva comes to Antonio Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Tomori this summer.
And Tomori says the blues legend made it his business to have as much depth as possible in his roster.
“He [Lampard] knows that there is a big squad here that is more competitive than last year, ”he said.
“We brought in some great players and I am sure the coach looks forward to working with every single player to do our best, try to get some results on the board and fill that gap.” the top of the table. “