Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has named Tammy Abraham as his special teammate and shared how they came together from the youth setup.
There have been several academy graduates breaking into the first-team under Frank Lampard this season, including Mason Mount and Reece James.
But for Tomori, there is something unique about his relationship with Tammy.
Speaking on Chelsea’s The Pride series on Youtube, he said: “I’ve been at Chelsea since I was seven and the one person that always comes up in every single journey has been Tammy because we’ve been together since we were seven years old.
“Our parents are both Nigerian, we both grew up in south-east London and we used to come in on the same days.
“We would take the train into training together, talking about what’s going to happen when we go full-time.
“I think it definitely made our bond stronger and took our relationship to something different.”
Tomori and Tammy faced each other a few times during their loan spells at Derby County and Aston Villa, respectively, in the Championship last season.
The most exciting encounter between the two was the Championship play-off final last year.
Tomori managed to stop Tammy from scoring in that game, but Villa came out with a 2-1 win and sealed their Premier League promotion.