'He was so good': 'Micah Richards amazed that Chelsea actually went and sold 24-year-old player

Micah Richards has explained he was previously convinced that Chelsea would keep Fikayo Tomori.

Tomori, 24, is one of the numerous talented players to be developed in Chelsea’s academy at Cobham in recent years.

However, the English defender was sold by the Blues last summer.

The centre-back spent the second half of last season on loan with Serie A club AC Milan before joining them on a permanent basis in the summer.

It’s turned out to be a £25million bargain for Milan, who have made him an ever-present in their defence.

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BBC pundit Richards recalls watching the 24-year-old impress on loan at Derby County a few seasons ago. He’s amazed that Chelsea actually went ahead with the decision to sell him.

“Tomori, he was so good at Derby. I watched him throughout that season. I thought he’d be the one that Chelsea would definitely keep,” Richards said on BBC Radio 5 Live (7:30pm, 25 April).

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Defensive rebuild at Chelsea

Tomori’s form since a move to Italy has left many Chelsea supporters baffled at the decision to let him go.

As the summer approaches, it’s clear Blues manager Thomas Tuchel will need to oversee a reshuffle of his defence.

Antonio Rudiger’s summer departure has been confirmed. Andreas Christensen is reportedly on his way to Spain to join Barcelona, too.

Ironically, Tomori is exactly the kind of player that would make a great replacement at Stamford Bridge going into next season.

It’s impossible to keep hold of every player and there’s always going to be examples of Chelsea making mistakes with sales, but Tomori definitely looks like an avoidable one.

For England manager Gareth Southgate, he definitely needs to draft him into the Three Lions squad to see if he can offer something ahead of the World Cup at the end of the year. It does feel like a Premier League basis is going against him right now, though.

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