'Gutted': Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham react to news coming out of Chelsea today

Chelsea players huddled together on social media to say their goodbyes after Fikayo Tomori’s move to AC Milan was confirmed.

Milan announced earlier today that Tomori’s successful loan spell had been turned permanent.

The 23-year-old sparkled after swapping Stamford Bridge for the San Siro in January.

He played 22 times for the Rossoneri, helping them to their highest Serie A finish for nearly a decade.

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His definitive transfer to the Italian giants ends a lifelong relationship with Chelsea, that started at Under-8s level.

It must have been an emotional rollercoaster for Tomori saying farewell to his boyhood club.

Those who grew up with him through the Blues academy and knew him from around Cobham sent messages of support to the defender.

Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, and Ben Chilwell all posted on Instagram a touching tribute to Tomori and the newest chapter of his career.

Chilwell only shared a dressing with him for a few months, but it was clearly enough to form a friendship.

Mount and Abraham were both raised alongside the centre-back in the Blues youth system.

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Tomori’s next task is to improve Milan’s position from last season and try to push their nosy neighbours for the league title.

Not to mention attempting to break back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad, following his exclusion from the European Championship camp.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.