Fikayo Tomori has responded to the possibility of returning to the Blues in the future, hoping that AC Milan can win the Champions League ‘like Chelsea’.
Tomori joined Milan on a permanent deal from Chelsea in the summer. He had spent six months on loan at San Siro before joining the Serie A giants permanently.
The English defender is a product of Chelsea academy, where he grew up with Tammy Abraham, who is not just a simple former team-mate but also a close friend of him.
“We speak almost every day, we played for Chelsea since we were seven years old, we managed to get to the first team. Growin up, you want to get there, but you are not sure if it’s going to happen,” Tomori told DAZN as ciited by Football Italia.
“When I scored my first goal, he scored a hat-trick, it was the best day for us. Mason [Mount] scored as well, it was crazy.”
Does he dream of returning to Chelsea with Abraham?
“I don’t know, I love Milan, I love being here, Chelsea was a big part of my life, 15-16 years. I think I managed to have that dream. Play at Stamford Bridge, play in the Premier League and the Champions League. Right now I am really happy in Milan.
“We are back in the Champions League, everything is really positive, hopefully like Chelsea, we can win it.”
Tomori made his senior England debut when he was a Chelsea player, but he made his first international with Canada U21 team.
“I was born ther [in Canada] e and I moved to England at a young age, but when I was young, I used to go every year to Canada,” the 23-year-old said.
“I have family and friends there. I saw both sides, when it’s hot and when it’s cold. I think of good things, I played for the national team as well.
“The first game was against Mexico in Mexico City and the following March, we played against England in England.
“There was plenty of my teammates, Ola Aina, Charlie Colkett, Marcus Rashford, many of us were at Chelsea, we also won the game, I remember that very well.”
Chelsea do not have an option to re-sign Tomori in the future, while they could take Tammy Abraham back to London from Roma by paying €80m by 2025.
In the summer, Abraham joined the Giallorossi in a €40m deal, signing a five-year deal with the Giallorossi.
On his Nigerian root, he said:”I am Nigerian descendants. My first name means ‘God filled me with joy.’ It’s a phrase, In Nigeria, parents often choose a phrase to name their child.
“I feel very Nigerian. When I was little my parents spoke to me in Yoruba, the ethnic group I belonged to. My favorite food is Jollof rice, kind of stew rice; I don’t know how to describe it, but it is a very delicious dish, very African and very nice.”
Leicester’s Europa League clash with Napoli descended into violence in the King Power stands at the end of the match.
It looked like it would be an evening to remember for the Foxes as goals from Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes put them 2-0 up.
But a brilliant double from Victor Osimhen secured a point for Napoli, and there was worse to come.
Wilfred Ndidi was sent off in the dying minutes before violence erupted between the two sets of supporters.
A bust-up involving around 20-30 fans was sparked and involved plastic bottles being thrown.
Police were called in to calm things down as a group of Leicester fans scrambled over safety netting to attack Napoli supporters.
An appeal went out over the King Power’s speaker system asking fans to “respect your club” by “moving away from the segregation line”.
Other reports claim that there were clashes between Napoli ultras and Leicester City fans before and after the 2-2 Europa League draw.
Simone Guadagno of CalcioNapoli24 shared video of the ugly scenes as supporters had running battles in the street outside De Montfort University before kick-off.
They were seen using belts and chairs as makeshift weapons.
There were not meant to be any Napoli ultras travelling for this game due to COVID restrictions, but some managed to either make the trip or came from other countries.
The problems continued inside the King Power Stadium, as after the final whistle, local police formed a cordon to push back Napoli supporters who were celebrating the comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2.
According to local reporters, the incidents started when Leicester fans threw plastic bottles at the Napoli supporters, trying to breach the segregation line.
Brazilian legend, Kaka, thinks that Romelu Lukaku is the best striker in the world and has similar traits to former Inter Milan striker Adriano.
Lukaku completed a move from Inter to Chelsea in the summer for a club record fee worth £97.5million and has made an immediate impact in his second spell at Stamford Bridge.
Following a dominant performance against London rivals Arsenal in August – where he found the net on debut – Lukaku helped the Blues to all three points on the weekend after scoring two very well taken goals against Aston Villa.
His early season form is reminiscent of his MVP 2020/21 season in Milan where he helped Inter to win the Scudetto for the first time since 2010.
With Lukaku no longer in the picture in the Serie A, Kaka, an AC Milan legend, thinks that Inter will struggle without him, and his old team could benefit from that.
Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via sempreinter, he said: “I think it could be the right time for Milan.
“They have continuity, while the others have each lost something – Juventus no longer have Ronaldo, Inter will have to spread goals out in the team without Lukaku.”
Kaka continued by explaining that Lukaku reminds him of his former Brazil teammate, Adriano – with whom he won the FIFA World Cup in 2002 – and that the Belgian is now the best striker in the world.
“Romelu [Lukaku] is number one, he reminds me of Adriano at his best – physical strength, intelligence, speed. A year ago Milan took the lead after the first Derby, then Inter took it back and won deservedly.”
Chelsea star Reece James has revealed shocking CCTV of the moment “cowardly” thugs broke into his home and stole his football medals.
The 21-year-old footballer said the group of robbers broke into his house on Tuesday and snatched a safe containing his Champions League, Super Cup, and Euro 2020 medals.
James shared a number of CCTV clips of the shocking burglary, showing four suspects walking up the driveway of his home and shining torches into the house.
One video shows the group struggling to open the electric gates to the property as they lift a huge safe out of the house and roll it across the driveway.
The Chelsea defender shared the clips outside his home as he appealed for fans to help “identify and turn in these low life individuals”.
He added: “I hope together we can catch these individuals and deliver justice where it is due.”
James confirmed in a statement on Instagram he wasn’t at home at the time and he is “safe and well”.
He said he was devastated by the theft of the medals, but added: “These medals were won representing Chelsea and England – honours that can never be taken away from me whether or not I have the physical medals to prove it.
“Nevertheless, I am appealing to all my Chelsea and England fans to help identify and turn in these low life individuals who will never be able to rest easy as the evidence is mounting against them.
“The police, my advisers and Chelsea FC (and many others) are all behind me as we have firm leads on who the perpetrators are.
“We are closing in on them. Luckily, no one was present during the break in but I want to let all of you know I am safe and well.
“I really do appreciate having the platform to tell you all about my misfortune and I hope together we can catch these individuals and deliver justice where it is due.”
Joan Laporta is said to have held an emergency meeting of sorts on Wednesday morning on the back of Barcelona’s heavy defeat to Bayern Munich.
The Blaugrana lost 3-0 at home in their Champions League opener, Thomas Muller opening the scoring before Robert Lewandowski scored a brace.
Unsurprisingly, the defeat has not gone down well with Barcelona fans, or indeed the men currently in charge of the club.
In fact, according to Sport, via Football Espana, Laporta held a meeting with board members Mateu Alemany and Rafa Yuste straight after the game.
It’s reported the meeting went on until the early hours of the morning, with none of the three men leaving Camp Nou until 2am.
Just what the meeting was about remains to be seen, and it is not expected that any rash decision will be made on Ronald Koeman on the back of this defeat.
But news of the meeting will be further cause for the Dutchman to sit uncomfortably, even if he has been dealt a poor hand.
Putting up a good fight against Bayern was always going to be a tough task after losing Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann this summer, and it must be said that there was a degree of fortune for two of the three goals.
Liverpool led and went behind before eventually beating AC Milan who are returning to the Champions League after a seven-year absence .
Milan put up a remarkable battle at Anfield, fighting back from a goal down and parrying a penalty to lead 2-1, but were eventually beaten 3-2 by Jordan Henderson’s Liverpool scorcher.
Divock Origi was a surprise starter and looked rusty, scuffing an Andrew Robertson cross wide in the opening minutes, with the hosts getting off to an extremely aggressive start.
It felt inevitable that Liverpool would break through and Trent Alexander-Arnold skipped away from Rafael Leao down the right, his attempted cross taking a deflection off Fikayo Tomori to wrong-foot Mike Maignan.
Moments later, Tomori had to fling himself in the way of Mohamed Salah’s strike, after the Egyptian had turned Theo Hernandez inside out.
Liverpool were awarded a penalty when Diogo Jota’s shot was deflected by Ismael Bennacer’s outstretched arm. However, Maignan made the save on both Salah’s spot-kick and the Jota rebound.
Maignan palmed a Salah half-volley over the bar, but Milan managed to weather that early siege and once the tempo and intensity of the Liverpool press dropped, the game was transformed.
They equalised when Leao’s slide-rule pass released Ante Rebic to strike it first time into the far bottom corner.
Just one minute and 48 seconds later, Milan had taken a 2-1 lead, as Leao went on another strong run, his pass to Rebic took a deflection, but the Croatian knocked it back across for Brahim Diaz to fire in from 12 yards.
Milan had the ball in the net again straight after the restart when a corner was not dealt with and Simon Kjaer tapped in, but the offside flag was up during the build-up.
Moments later, Liverpool equalised, as Salah completed a give and go with Divock Origi, flicking it past Maignan off the outside of the boot as it bounced.
Olivier Giroud was unleashed off the bench for the last half-hour, but Liverpool restored their lead with a stunning strike from Jordan Henderson. A corner was cleared to the edge of the box, where he let it bounce and smashed an unstoppable effort into the near bottom corner.
Giroud couldn’t keep his header on target from a Theo Hernandez cross, while Kjaer’s glancing header on a corner was gratefully smothered by Alisson before Brahim Diaz could pounce.