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Tomori explains thinking after ripping up last-minute West Ham agreement

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori says he turned down a late loan move to West Ham in order to fight for his place in Frank Lampard’s team.

Tomori is one of several centre-backs on Chelsea‘s books who are fighting for game time at Stamford Bridge.

Recent signing Thiago Silva has slotted in, with Lampard favouring Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma so far.

Indeed Tomori has only played 44 Premier League minutes this term, with Antonio Rudiger yet to play at all.

As such, Tomori was close to moving across London on deadline day last Monday. He had an agreement in place with David Moyes’ side, which he opted to turn down.

Explaining his decision to the Chelsea Mike’d Up podcast, the defender said: “I had a plan going into this season coming off the back of last season, and obviously in football things change so quickly

“I wanted to make sure that whatever decision I made was really thought out and try to do what’s best for me.

“I made the decision in the end to stay and to improve more and try to get into the team, play some games, gain some more experience and try to get back to levels I was at last season.”

Tomori added that, had he had more time to consider a move, he perhaps would have chosen to leave.

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‘I was talking a lot with my agent’



“I tried as much as I can to do what is best for me and the way that transfers are, some days you are up here and you feel like it is all rolling, then sometimes nothing happens at all and you have to deal with the situation you are put in,” he said.

“For me, I wanted everything to be thought out and I thought about what was happening and especially when we had the few weeks off and leading up into the season, I was talking a lot with my agent and the club. I was trying to get some clarity about what was going on.

“Transfers for me, I would prefer if it wasn’t last minute, but stuff happens, and sometimes a situation happens where you have to make a decision quickly.

“In this instance it was one of those situations, and as you know I made the decision to stay.”

Rudiger opens up on decision to stay

Meanwhile, German defender Rudiger also had the chance to leave before last week’s cut-off.

He has confirmed that he considered “one or two” offers but, like Tomori, lacked enough time to make a decision.

As such, he chose to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight to get on Lampard’s team sheet.

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