Frank Lampard confirmed that Fikayo Tomori would have a long-term future at Chelsea despite his imminent move away on loan.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 08: Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match between Chelsea FC and FC Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge on December 8, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Speaking in his press-conference via the Chelsea YouTube channel, Lampard assured that the 23-year-old will be part of his long-term plans.

His name came into question after the Blues boss admitted he would be open to deals for the young defender.

AC Milan appear head of the queue to acquire his signature, in front of Premier League duo Leeds United and Newcastle United.

When asked about the insecurity over Tomori, Lampard’s answer was resolute, saying, “He absolutely has a long-term future at this club. We’ll see if and when he goes on loan.”

Tomori has only played four times this season and is left frustrated by a lack of opportunities, especially considering the impact he made in 2019/20.

Lampard was the one who orchestrated his breakthrough in senior football as Derby County manager. Together, they reached the Championship Playoff final and saw the stock of Tomori rise dramatically.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 27: A dejected Derby County manager head coach Frank Lampard with Fikayo Tomori during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

“From the moment I’ve got close to Fikayo was when I took him to Derby with me and he was Player of the Year there, and one of the best players in the Championship that year in my opinion,” continued the Chelsea manager.

“He came back and played +20 games for us at a very young age last year and got in the England squad.”

It is this promising progression that has left some Chelsea supporters confused as to why they would be willing to release one of their own.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard shanks hands with Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori during UAFA Champion League Group H between Lillie OSC and Chelsea at Stade Pierre-Mauroy Stadium , Lillie, France on 02 October 2019 (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Meaningful minutes will be crucial at a key stage in Tomori’s career, which Lampard agreed was one of the main reasons behind a move.  

“There’s an absolute long plan for Fikayo in my head about his career here, and if its to play games it will be to enhance his personal development.”

“Hopefully it helps whatever team he goes to, because that will go hand in hand, and come back to us a better player.  “

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Lampard may have settled a few nerves when suggesting Tomori will be back sometime along the line, plus playing regularly will only be beneficial.

The two major doubts are whether he will get consistent football wherever he joins and will Lampard stay true to his word by ensuring his safe return.

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