Fikayo Tomori’s former team-mate at Chelsea Iké Ugbo has tipped the centre-back to go on and become better than some Premier League greats.
Tomori has been nothing short of revolutionary for Milan since his arrival from Chelsea on an initial loan back in January 2021. He has helped transform the team from battling for a Europa League spot to fighting for and winning the Scudetto.
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Ugbo gave an interview to MilanNews before RC Lens played Troyes on Friday and he spoke about Tomori, a player who remains a close friend after their time together in the Chelsea youth sector.
You and Fikayo Tomori were team-mates for seven years from 2008 to 2016 in the Chelsea youth academy. What memories do you have of those years?
“A beautiful memory binds me to Fik, together with Chelsea we won the Youth Cup, the equivalent of the Youth Champions League. And it’s nice to see my former teammates like Mount, Gallagher and Tomori playing in England, Italy and in the Champions League. These are also my goals.”
What do you think of the growth of Tomori since he has been in Italy? Would you have expected it when you were very young that one day you would play for a club like Milan?
“No, not to see him in a club like Milan! In the Chelsea youth teams there are many talented players but you never know where they will end up. But for Fik, playing the Champions League with the Rossoneri is incredible. Last week I had watched the match against Salzburg. I’m happy that he plays at the highest level where he can demonstrate all his qualities.”
What was his strength at the time you were playing with him? Did he already like to engage early and challenge the opponent far away from goal?
“His strength has always been one on one. And thanks to his speed and quality, Tomori is able to stop anyone.”
Will he be able to reach the level of three English football icons like Tony Adams, Rio Ferdinand and John Terry?
“He can become even stronger than them. He is young, he has time on his side and a lot of room for growth.”
Do you think that one day he will want to prove himself in the Premier League too?
“He is happy in Italy. But who knows, maybe one day we will meet again in England…”