Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he sees “high potential” in on-loan defender Fikayo Tomori and will hold talks over the loan army in the next months.
The 23-year-old defender joined AC Milan on a six-month loan deal just four days before the new manager arrived at Chelsea.
While some would argue that Tomori missed out on an opportunity to fight for a spot under the new manager, things look very promising for him in Italy.
Immediately established himself as a regular starter, he featured in every game since making his debut in the derby against Inter Milan last month.
And Tuchel himself has now said he recognises the centre-back’s potential.
“To be very honest, I did not spend too many minutes thinking about Tomori – not because I don’t like him and don’t see his potential, but there was simply no time,” he said during his press conference on Friday (via Sky Sports).
“We will have this talk in the next weeks and months about all the guys who are on loan.
“But of course, I have a general impression of Tomori, which is that he has high, high potential, but I’m not into details right now.
“The time will come for that.”
Earlier reports suggest that Chelsea are in the market for a centre-back and recalling Tomori will have been a cost-efficient option.
However, the centre-back’s future will be out of Chelsea’s hands if the report about the £25million buy option in his loan deal is true (The Athletic).
There might be hope, though, since Tomori himself refused to rule out a potential Chelsea return in the summer in his recent interview.
“I’m not saying I’m never going to be at Chelsea again,” he told The Telegraph.
“But at this time I’m not a Chelsea player, I’m at Milan and I have to be focused on here and, who knows, I could have a fairytale in Milan.