Fikayo Tomori quickly fell down the pecking order in the Stamford Bridge following the arrival of Thiago Silva.

Frank Lampard speaks on decision to sell former Chelsea star Fikayo Tomori

Having hardly featured during the first six months of last season, joined AC Milan on loan before making the deal a permanent one in the summer.

Frank Lampard believes Fikayo Tomori ‘didn’t really understand’ the circumstances behind the way in which his Chelsea career was effectively ended.

The 23-year-old has impressed since making the switch to Serie A and although Chelsea haven’t missed their academy graduate, Lampard does harbour an element of regret about the way it ended for Tomori in west London.

“It was a difficult story in the end because we had too many centre-halves in the end in the second year at Chelsea and I really wanted to help him but I’m not sure he really understood that. Lampard told the Coral.

“It is hard when you are at the top level because it is so cut throat and there are always difficult periods for young players.”

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