Fikayo Tomori is targeting Serie A glory for AC Milan this season after arriving on loan from Chelsea and thinks playing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Mandzukic can enhance his development as a player.
Tomori joined Milan earlier in January until the end of the season and the deal includes an option to buy, which would cost the Italian side £26.6m (€30m).
The defender made his debut as an early substitute in the Coppa Italia quarter-final against rivals Inter Milan only four days after arriving at the San Siro.
Ibrahimovic scored the opening goal in the game but was then sent off in the second half as the Nerazzurri responded through goals from Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen, inflicting a 2-1 defeat on Stefano Pioli’s side.
Despite the loss, Tomori made an impressive debut alongside Alessio Romagnoli at centre-back after replacing Simon Kjaer in the 20th minute, and he feels buoyed by the experience of playing his first game in a fiercely contested derby.
Tomori says playing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Mandzukic can only improve his game
“I want to help the team as much as I can and the best way to do that is on the pitch… it was nice for me to play my first game,” Tomori said.
“The game was a derby. When it’s a derby, it’s very intense and very emotional, which is good. In England, there’s a lot of games like this.
“Here it is a bit different but the spirit and the intensity was much the same and I like these kinds of situations”