Fikayo Tomori has no regrets about his decision to join AC Milan in January as he has revealed he already ‘feels part of the project’.
Tomori arrived in January on loan from Chelsea and has overtaken Pierre Kalulu already in Pioli’s hierarchy as he has become the third choice, with the aim of becoming the first in the coming months.
Calciomercato.com recently reported that Milan have every intention of using their option to buy which is set at over €25m, as Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara have clear ideas. They chose the Englishman because they strongly believe in his qualities and they are convinced he can become a starter.
Tomori gave a long interview to Sky Sports News and began by discussing his decision to move to the Rossoneri, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews.
“I feel part of the project. I’m trying to make the most of this experience, to be myself, to learn the language and to understand it. Here everything is much more tactical, we need to think more and be more careful to position,” he said.
“In England the game is faster. Like when a goalkeeper catches a ball and then suddenly there are forwards and wings pressing hard. Here in Italy it is a little slower. There are many more cases where you are one on one and you have to always know where the ball is. Some things are different and it takes time to get used to.”
On his debut in the Coppa Italia against Inter: “I didn’t think my debut in Milan could take place in the Milan derby. Before the match, I thought of all the times I would see the matches between Milan and Inter on TV. To make my debut in the Milan derby was not something I thought would happen.
“We went to the stadium, I saw the fans with huge flags singing and cheering. You could feel all their passion. When the coach told me to warm up I was a bit nervous and it doesn’t happen often, but it was fantastic to play that game.”
On Sunday’s derby: “The two teams are in the first two places in the league standings, it will be a very intense game. Too bad that due to the Coronavirus there will be no fans, but we hope to win and get back to the top of the standings.”
On the Milan call: “I was at home and my agent told me about the Milan call. It was a surreal moment, I felt that the AC Milan wanted me strongly and this made me even more eager to come.”
On playing with Ibrahimovic: “He is fantastic for me, he has a great personality and he is a legend in football. He is a leader who makes his voice heard on the pitch, he is motivating and encouraging. If he has arrived he has certain levels, just see the way he talks and plays. I’ve been here for a few weeks, but I see he’s always focused, determined and motivated. Seeing him up close is different and it’s really fascinating.”
On life in Italy: “I’ve always liked the idea of going to play in a different country, so it wasn’t a big mental shock. I always thought it would be a good experience. I’m having fun, obviously I can’t see my family so much, but luckily I can talk to them on FaceTime.”
In the first weeks at Milan: “I was welcomed with open arms and I feel comfortable with the team. There is still a long way to go and we hope to be able to do something special, so all our names will go down in history.”