Tomori 'didn't need long to decide' to join Milan after Maldini called

Fikayo Tomori ‘didn’t need long to decide’ to join AC Milan on loan from Chelsea after receiving a phone call from ‘one of the greatest-ever defenders’ in Paolo Maldini

  • Fikayo Tomori is on loan at AC Milan until the end of the season from Chelsea
  • The Italian giants have the option to make that permanent in a £25m transfer
  • Before joining the defender received a phonecall from Milan icon Paolo Maldini 

Fikayo Tomori says he didn’t need to think twice about joining AC Milan after receiving a phone call from club legend Paolo Maldini ahead of the move.

Tomori completed a loan move to the Italian giants until the end of the season from Chelsea on January 22. The deal also includes Milan having an option to buy the centre back for £25million.

The 23-year-old was out of the picture at Chelsea, having just featured four times this term, it was a no-brainer for him once once of the game’s greats in Maldini personally called him to join AC Milan.

Fikayo Tomori said it ‘didn’t need long to decide’ to join AC Milan after Paolo Maldini called him

AC Milan legend Maldini rang Tomori to convince him to join them until the rest of the season

Tomori had only featured four times for Chelsea this season in all competitions before leaving

‘Paolo Maldini was one of the greatest-ever defenders and, when he called me, I was a bit surprised but I knew about the project and didn’t need long to decide,’ he said at his official unveiling on Thursday.

‘I wanted and want to be here. I was at Chelsea from the age of seven but I’m here now. I’m concentrating hard in order to do well with my new Club.

‘When you think about AC Milan, you think about the players that have played for this Club: Maldini, [Alessandro] Nesta, [Franco] Baresi and so many more in my position.

‘I already knew the history of the Club; it’s inspiring that it was founded by an Englishman and I wanted to be a part of it all.

‘When I visited the Museum on my first day, I could feel the great tradition at AC Milan. I’ve arrived at a good time and I hope to help the Club get back to winning titles soon.’

Tomori, who made his Milan debut as a first-half substitute during their Coppa Italia quarter-final defeat by bitter rivals Inter, believes there is a growing trend in young English talent now plying their trade abroad.

Tomori made his Milan debut on Tuesday as they lost to Inter in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals

The likes of Jadon Sancho have excelled way from England and Tomori feels that an increasing amount of homegrown talent are now open-minded to spreading their wings.

‘I knew there would be a lot of differences to the Premier League in terms of technique and tactics. You need to think a lot about position and formation here, and not just react from instinct,’ he continued.

‘There’s no better place for me to grow and evolve – thanks to advice from Paolo and the coach.

A lot of young English players are beginning to realise that there is a life beyond the Premier League.

‘I think this is a really positive thing because not many people used to go abroad.

‘My experiences here will help me to learn a new style of football and a new culture and, at the same time, will get me out of my comfort zone.’

Jadon Sancho has become an England international since joining Borussia Dortmund

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