Fikayo Tomori recently said that he was glad to leave his comfort zone at Chelsea to join Milan. He also said that people are finally realizing that there is more to Football than the Premier League.
Tomori has been sent out on loan to Milan until the end of the season. A £26 million ($36m) option to buy has been included in the final deal as well.
The 23-year-old had found himself short of gametime at Stamford Bridge and hence, he decided to look for playing opportunities abroad rather than warming the bench at Chelsea.
Tomori made his debut for Milan as a substitute in the Coppa Italia game against Inter on Tuesday and he could play his first Serie A game against Bologna this weekend.
“A lot more people are realising that there’s more to football than the Premier League and England,” The England international told reporters after his first Milan derby.
“I speak to a lot of English players and they always say: ‘How come players from Brazil or Argentina move at 16, 17 yet English players don’t seem to go out of England a lot.’
“I think it’s definitely a positive that many young English players want to leave England and are willing to try something new, to learn new languages and a different style of play. That’s only going to benefit them and the national team as well.
“Going abroad gives you a different view on football as whole rather than just Premier League and England and being in the comfort zone. Being out of your comfort zone can definitely develop a person and a player as well.”
Tomori also revealed that he had talked to some of his Chelsea teammates about the prospects of playing in Italy before he decided to make the move to San Siro.
“When I knew coming to Milan was a possibility, I spoke to a lot of players that had played in Italy: Jorginho, Emerson [Palmieri], Toni Rudiger and Mateo Kovacic, who played for Inter, so I asked him how Milan was,” he added.
“I spoke to Thiago very briefly because his English isn’t that great, but no one had a bad word to say about Milan or Serie A.”