Pioli makes Milan’s stance clear on €28m Chelsea defender: “Our will is to keep him”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has confirmed that club’s desire to sign Fikayo Tomori on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

Tomori has been in great form since his arrival at Milan in January, joining on a six-month loan. The Rossoneri managed to include a €28m buy-out clause and looking back, and it seems as though it was a good move.

Paolo Maldini was looking for a centre-back already ahead of the season but decided to wait until January, with other names linked such as Mohamed Simakan and Ozan Kabak. In hindsight, it was probably for the best as Milan now have a very good player in their squad.

Speaking to Sky Italia after the 3-1 win against Parma during which Tomori was once again exceptional, Pioli was asked about the future of the Englishman and seemingly confirmed that the club want to keep him.

“My will and the technical area are clear on the satisfaction that this player has given us. Without detracting from our excellent defenders, he has very important characteristics of speed and contrast. Our will is to keep him but it is clear that there are other factors at play,” he said (via MilanNews).

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