Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has said Fikayo Tomori could leave Stamford Bridge on loan this month amid links to Leeds United.
Tomori was linked with a move to Leeds by The Athletic after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking during Thursday’s press conference, Lampard said that Tomori has a long term future at Chelsea but he is open to letting the defender leave on loan this month.
He said, “Fikayo Tomori absolutely has a long-term future at this club, and we’ll see if and when he goes on loan.
“And if it’s to go and play games it’s to absolutely enhance his personal development.
“Hopefully help whatever team he goes to, because that will come hand in hand, and then come back to us a better player.”
Leeds are not expected to be active in this transfer window but of course, that could change depending on injuries that may occur over the next few weeks.
Despite the club seemingly happy with the players already available, it would do us no harm to have extra defensive cover after the injury troubles that have blighted out backline this term.
There is plenty of interest in the Chelsea defender as The Daily Mail claim that both Newcastle United and AC Milan are chasing the 23-year-old.
There is no doubting that Tomori has a lot of potential and it may be worth the club exploring the option of signing the defender permanently rather than on loan.
This was suggested in The Athletic’s report as they claimed that Tomori was unhappy with his game time at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard’s comments put an end to any speculation over Tomori’s long term future however as it looks like Leeds may not make a move for a player we can’t have permanently.
In other Leeds United news, Sky Sports have provided a major update on the club’s January transfer plans.