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Tomori: Why I opted to stay at Chelsea

Fikayo Tomori has said he opted to stay at Chelsea this season in order to improve his game and wants to follow the example of new signing Thiago Silva.

The 22-year-old was heavily involved in Chelsea’s successful season last term, making 15 Premier League appearances and four in the Champions League, but he has lost his place to the veteran Brazil star.

Tomori was a summer target for Everton but instead decided to remain at Stamford Bridge to compete for a place at centre-back with Silva, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen.

“In the small pre-season we had, I was talking a lot with my agent and the club, to get some clarity on what was going on. With transfers, I prefer it if it wasn’t the last minute, but situations happen where you have to make a decision quickly.

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

Silva arrived from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer and, despite Chelsea’s defence being somewhat suspect so far this season, including in Saturday’s 3-3 draw at home to Southampton, Tomori has been impressed with the Brazilian so far.

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