Despite there being plenty of speculation that Chelsea defender FIkayo Tomori will leave the club this month on loan, fresh reports are now suggesting that he will be kept at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the season.

TalkSPORT claimed in December that the 23-year-old was “almost certain” to exit in January on a temporary basis, but it looks like the Blues are about to perform a U-turn on his future.

According to the Sun, the Blues are now set to keep the 23-year-old in the squad following a knee injury to teammate Andreas Christensen. 

The report explains that there has been interest from both Leeds United and Newcastle United in taking the centre-back on loan.

But the Chelsea academy graduate may now be needed as a fourth-choice centre-back option.

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Tomori and Antonio Rudiger will act as the direct cover for the preferred centre-back combination of Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma.

It’s been a frustrating individual season so far for Tomori, who’s played just three games across all competitions so far and has mainly has to watch on from the sidelines.

He’s a highly-rated centre-half that impressed in the last campaign when given the chance, which is why a loan move away in January could have been great for his development. 

Blues manager Frank Lampard called him “very fast” last season (Football.London) and he’s an athletic defender with all the tools to be a success, but he needs more regular minutes. 

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