Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has explained why he is allowing centre-back Fikayo Tomori leave the club on loan.
The defender has spent the majority of this season on the bench and made just four appearances, with his only Premier League showing being 45 minutes against Liverpool on September 20.
The 23-year-old, who has had previous loan spells with Brighton, Hull City and Derby County, has landed in Italy ahead of finalising an initial loan move to Serie A leaders AC Milan.
Speaking in his press conference on Friday afternoon ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup tie with Luton Town – a game which Tomori could well have featured in – Lampard admits the level of competition at centre-back makes it hard to keep everyone content within the squad.
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“I have five centre backs and I can’t do this job and expect to please every fan, that’s football,” explained the manager.
“What players you should pick or not and when you are searching for consistency, or going on an unbeaten run, there were questions.
“I have to pick two at a time and the numbers don’t always add up.”
Tomori is effectively fifth-choice Chelsea centre-back behind Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Three of the defender’s four games this season have come in cup competitions and although he has potential, the England international hasn’t been close to breaking into the first team on a regular basis.
A video emerged on Friday afternoon of Tomori arriving in Italy although neither club has confirmed the move as of yet.
The Italian giants are believed to have struck a six-month loan deal with an option to buy the centre-back at the end of the campaign for around £25million.
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